“You set us here and we won’t move” is the prophetic declaration that went forward during praise and worship on the Sunday of July 22nd. I sensed the Holy Spirit asking, “Have you found your place?” Before I could answer, Mary came to mind. I’m sure you have heard the story. If not, let me refresh your memory.
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. —Luke 10:38-42
Mary had found her place at the feet of Jesus. She realized the importance in being in that place and she would not allow anything to move her—not even the chores that may have consumed her schedule. Martha had so many things going on that she failed to realize the importance in receiving in that moment. Have you allowed distractions to move you out of your place? If so, you can return to that place where it is you and Jesus.
The prodigal son left his place of security in the Father and decided to go out on his own without the Father’s guidance. That’s how we are too. We want to try things out for ourselves just to have the experience under our belt, even though it could cause harm to us in the long run. This son asked his father for his inheritance and he “wasted his substance with riotous living.” He found himself in a place with absolutely nothing. Everything he had was gone. He had no money, no food. But he did have a place that he could return—home. And guess what? The Father was waiting for him.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
—Luke 15: 20-24
Many are searching for a place to be positioned—a place that satisfies their hunger and thirst, but many turn to the wrong places. “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” (Isaiah 55:1) It is so easy to look for what we need in the wrong places. The woman at the well might have sought that place time after time, only to find herself in yet another unfulfilling relationship. But Jesus is beckoning you to find your place today—that place at His feet and in relationship with Him.
Find your place and do not allow anything to move you from it. God is calling you to find your place so that you can get to know Him and yourself. He is calling you. Will you answer?