Nancy Taylor Tate
“And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.” Mark 3:13-15
There are those who might say it is selfish to spend time seeking the Lord, we ought to be praying for others. We are to pray for others, but there is a basic principle. You can’t give what you don’t have! On an airplane they say to put on your own air mask, before you try to help someone else. We need to learn to do this spiritually as well!
Although there is much that could be said from the following passage, today there is just one principle I would like to focus on:
“And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.” Mark 3:131-5
Our primary call is “to be with Him.” From that place of being with Him all else will flow as He enables us to do those things He calls us to do.
Someone once told me something my dad said, and asked me why he said that. I did not know, I had never heard him say that. But I knew my dad, and if he did say that, I thought I knew why. Later I asked him if I was right, and he said yes. How did I know? I had spent time with him. I had come to know his nature, His way of thinking.
The Lord is calling today for those who would know Him on this level. He is looking for those who would respond to His call, that in His nature and character they might go forth, with His heart.
Ivan Q. Spencer said, “We must consider the reproduction of the Christ within His many membered body and how we are neglecting this very important truth. We are not yielding fully to the Holy Spirit to bring us into this truth because we are so occupied with service and other distractions. We must realize that this is the hour of travail for the church… the birthing of the man child or the forming of Christ in us. God is laying His hand upon a body of overcomers and drawing them into a place of intimacy with Himself so that He can prepare them for the coming reign with Him.”
What a calling! Christ IN you, the hope of glory! (Colossians 1:27; 2 Thessalonians 1:10)
May we recognize His call and respond. From this place of intimacy, He will equip and empower us with divine enablement for all He has called us to be and do. May we maintain our focus, practicing His presence every moment of every day, as we also set apart quality times to be alone with Him