Tell them to fly

That command has been with me all week. Do you feel like you need to fly?

Life has become so busy and instant that I often feel bogged down with all the things I feel I should do because everything is so quick and easy - in reality though it feels like nothing gets done properly and I'm not flying I'm busying along. Do you know what I mean?

We can often feel that we are too busy and preoccupied to be used by God, where would we have the time? It is in the midst of busyness that God often approaches, Matthew was sat doing his job as a tax collector or customs officer, not a very popular occupation even less so than today. These collectors were renowned for charging a bit extra to keep for themselves and it's likely he was financially comfortable but, maybe not comfortably happy.

He wanted to fly and when Jesus came up to him, at his place of work, and said "Follow me"  he "got up, left everything and followed him." (Luke 5:27-28, Matthew 9:9-10) He would have heard much about Jesus and probably seen him performing miracles and heard his teaching. He came to that point where he realised that the life he was living was holding him back from everything life could be. So, when Jesus asked he was ready to step out in faith.
Is there something holding you back that you need to leave behind?

Jesus enjoyed hospitality in Matthew's house, which was not acceptable socially or religiously - Tax Collectors were considered sinners. Matthew, in the confidence of Jesus' acceptance made his conversion public and celebrated it. He wanted to share the saving grace of Jesus with his friends and colleagues.

He used his life and experience to show how Jesus can turn around and change even the most despised and socially unacceptable of people. 

What Jesus has done in your life is something to be celebrated and shared with others who need the encouragement of knowing they are accepted.

We were all made to fly but there can be many things we allow to clip our wings. Are you reaching the heights of your full potential in Christ? Have you learnt to fly straight into the arms of Jesus? Have you forgotten or do you need to share the acceptance and saving grace of Jesus?

Don't be afraid, God says it's time to fly. He is the strength you need to step out. This promise is for you.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not go weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31


I am linking up today with Essential Things Devotions where Mel talks about God using the unlikely, pop over there and be further encouraged.

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