Have you ever noticed that when you are in the market for something new like a new car, a new watch or even a new pair of shoes that the desired object tends to start showing up everywhere?
For example, lately I have been in the market for a new lamp for our living area. Specifically, a red lamp. They seem to be showing up everywhere. I haven’t noticed them this much before.
During this quest to find a new lamp, I discovered something that I think God is trying to teach me.
What if we lived our lives hour by hour and minute by minute as if we were “in the market” of what God wants us to do with our lives.
What if we lived our lives in the light of Ephesians 5:16, “You should make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.”
How many times have I missed the opportunity because I wasn’t “in the market” to do God’s will. Maybe I was being selfish with my time and attention or maybe I was distracted.
I feel like some days I miss out on the opportunities to minister to someone or them minister to me because I am not walking in that “in the market” moment.
In Acts 10:38 Peter is talking about the ministry of Jesus. He talks about how God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil because God was with him.
Let me put it another way…Jesus was always in the market to do good because his Father was with him.
If he is with us – we should be “in the market” more. When you are “in the market” for something you tend to notice everything in a situation that resembles the desire of your heart.
I want the desires of my heart to resemble Jesus. When Jesus went into a town he went looking for people to heal, pray with, set free from depression.
What if we lived in the market of generosity? I think I would ask myself the question more…”God do you want me to give something away that you have put into my hands to bless others with?”
What about being in the market to honor someone with your time and attention? God may have us notice opportunities to be in the market to spend more time with someone, pray with someone, share a scripture with someone instead of rushing around with our own schedule and agenda.
What if we lived our lives in the market to spend more time with our Heavenly Father? Not looking at it as wasted time but instead grabbing every moment to walk with Jesus, learn of him and his ways.
Today the world is filled with Bible apps, devotionals on the go, Facebook bible notices, but what about PURE time with God? Sitting before him – hearing his words.
This is my prayer for today – that I will be like Jesus – anointed by the Holy Spirit doing good and healing all those that are under the power of the devil. Because God is with me.
When God is with us we can be “in the market” looking for opportunities to give forgiveness when someone has hurt us.
I have a feeling that once you get in the market to notice these opportunities, you will see they are all around us. In our jobs, in our families and our churches.
God, please put me in the market to be more like Jesus – help me to seize every opportunity for your glory.