April 14, 2021
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
On Monday we talked about the power of listening for the voice that knows our name – as Mary did in the garden with Jesus. Once she recognizes him, Jesus’s first command to her is telling. Quite simply, he tells her to go and tell others.
This is a marked difference from many of the other stories about Jesus where he specifically tells people not to share what happened. He healed a man of leprosy and told him not to tell. He commanded demons to be silent, and before turning water into wine, told his mother his time had not yet come. But here, after his resurrection, the first thing he tells Mary to do is to start spreading the word.
Another way we can tell if we are hearing the voice of God in our lives is if it’s a voice telling us to share good news. If we feel the opportunity to be angry, critical, spiteful or malicious, there’s a good chance that God’s plan does not lie in that direction. It seems so basic, but how often have you been in the middle of an argument and stopped listening for the voice of Jesus? Have you ever had the opportunity to gossip at work – and more importantly, were you listening for God’s voice as the opportunity presented itself? Have you been harshly critical of your children or your parents or your in-laws or your neighbors?
Today, look for opportunities to share news of peace, hope, and restoration. If you find yourself looking for God’s direction, listen for the voice that points you towards opportunities to share of His goodness. That might mean a job opportunity that brings in less money but aligns with your values. It might mean biting your tongue when the perfect opportunity for criticism comes your way. It most certainly means turning away from hidden sins and deceit. It’s awfully hard to share good news while engaging in those activities. Or, it could be as simple as taking time for yourself, to rest and strengthen your soul for the day to come so you are better equipped to be a loving parent, partner, friend, or spouse.
How might God be calling you to “go” today?