"Before I formed you in the womb I chose you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a Prophet to the nations."
We are all called. Whether or not we think so, God's thoughts for surely over power ours. For his love, and mercy, is SO much greater than our own. God, has a certain plan for us all. God, as we know is the bountiful creator of us all, and before any of us were formed within the womb, Jesus, Our God, planned our entire life, and how it would benefit his plan.
God, calls us all. And yes, this included his very own son. Before, Jesus had gone down, and was conceived in Holy Mary's womb, he himself knew what he must do here on earth. If we look at this weekends Gospel ( Lk 4:21-30) We find Jesus teaching in the Synagogue. (Where he should be) He was teaching about how the words of The prophet Isaiah have come true.
In the time of Jesus, any children born, were NEVER to be greater than what their parents were. Everything they were to do, and have was already determined by their parents. So, If a child was born, and his Father, was a trader, the child as well would become a trader. So, Jesus is born, and everyone knows, everyone within the town of Nazareth, Everyone knew his father and what he did for a living. With knowing who Joseph was ( a carpenter) Jesus was suppose to become a carpenter. But, he became a preacher, and well the savior of the world. ( Which, if I am not wrong, is greater than a carpenter)
Jesus was preaching in the synagogue and everyone was happy about his gracious and wise words. Then he spoke, " Today the scripture has been fulfilled" Which then cause everyone to go wild, and fill with rage. So they said, " Isn't this Josephs son?" They had said this because he was putting him self higher than his earthly father, which was a big no no. So they tried to kill him. But his hour had not come.
As, I mentioned above, in the small town of Nazareth, everyone knew everyone. If Jesus left is hometown, he would be a stranger ( in the places he hadn't been yet) and so, their was a greater chance of people listening because they didn't know him. But, at the same time, they had a bigger opportunity to question. To question if this guy was a joke, or if he was really the Son of Man.
It is always harder to preach in front of the people you know. It's scary for me to know that so many people I know read this blog.( For those I know, I'm not trying to scare you off :) ) I always want to know, what their thoughts are, and if i'm doing a good job or not. But, regardless, Prophets never did a great job in their home town.
God calls us all. In one way or another, he will call us all. To take part in is ultimate yet beautiful plan. God, is the God, of Greatness, and love. I was reminded by my aunt a few days ago that, " God will NEVER give us anything we can't handle" With that in mind, Whatever Gods plan for us is, it's nothing we can't handle. He will be there to guide us and protect us!
" 'Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.' Declares the Lord"
Jeremiah 1: 8
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