Scripture Reading: Luke 9:28-45
“Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you…” Jesus admonished His disciples. Lean in, pay attention, and listen carefully to this announcement. He said this to them after a man reported to Jesus that His disciples could not drive out a demon from the man’s son. The man’s words were part desperation and part tattle tale. “I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” This man went to the boss and complained about poor customer service.
“You unbelieving and perverse generation… how long shall I stay with you and put up with you?” Jesus replied to him. The man stood in proxy for all those who are standing by waiting for a hero to solve all their problems. The man was expecting a rebuke for the disciples, but what he received was a good old fashioned rebuke for himself. Jesus did deliver the man’s son, but His words let us know this was not a job for Him alone.The disciples could have done it… the father could have done it for his son.
Jesus takes some time with His disciples afterwards. He pulls them in for a quick huddle. He pleads with their hearts to receive this, as He does with our hearts today “Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you.” He was preparing them, and us, to accept the authority,responsibility, and power every believer has. Jesus took that moment to speak to them about the days ahead. He had their attention,, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.”
Jesus is preparing His disciples for life outside the nest. They have to know what to do when He is no longer walking with them from town to town and how to survive outside of the safety net. He revealed to them that someday soon He would be delivered into the hands of men. They did not comprehend and they did not ask.
Jesus prepared the disciples and He has prepared us. Are we like the man whose son suffered under oppression because he was waiting for someone else to come and free him? Do you believe the ministry of deliverance comes from the hands of someone else? Jesus wants you to know – that YOU are His chosen vessel of deliverance. You don’t have to wait, you don’t even have to tattle. The power that is at work in Christ is at work in you! You have the power to allow God to heal, reveal, cast out, and deliver through you. around, life is a little more lovable. We weren’t ever meant to do life alone, so don’t!
- Who have you been waiting on to bring about deliverance to your situation?
- Confess to God those areas that you have not believed His power to be strong enough and allow Him to stir up the gifting within you to make a change in someone else.
*Devotional contributed by Tesha Fritz