We can only pick up 𝑮𝒐𝒅’𝒔 𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂 when we choose to lay down our agenda. God is always at work and is looking for us to 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐇𝐢𝐦. Let us submit our agenda for His agenda.
In the midst of my alone time with Jesus, He told me to “slow down.”
He wasn’t talking about slowing the pace of my work, but slowing down from pursuing my own agenda so I can focus on His agenda. I’m a planner and I tend to stick with what I’ve planned out for the week. However, God was reminding me that there will be times when He may have different plans than what I have written down on my planner.
It’s during these moments that I must lay aside what I have planned and follow where His peace is guiding me in. We can easily fight against where God is guiding us to because it wasn’t what we planned or how we imagined things to be. When we find ourselves conflicting with God’s agenda, remember that God knows best.
We are called to do His will and not our own.
There were many demands and expectations upon Jesus, but His focus was always to 𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓. His agenda wasn’t built around pleasing Himself or others, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐆𝐨𝐝.
We have the choice every day to set our own agendas, but have we stopped to consider what 𝑮𝒐𝒅 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂? Jesus 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 what the Father did. He was about God’s agenda and not His own. His food was to do the will of the Father (John 4:34). Jesus says in John 5:19, “‘…the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’“
Jesus only did what the Father did, and so should we.
In John 4 we see Jesus heading to Samaria. The disciples didn’t understand why Jesus had to go through Samaria, but Jesus knew why—He has a God-divine appointment there to meet the Samaritan woman by the well. John 4:4 says, “Now he had to go through Samaria.” To the disciples, Samaria was a detour, but to Jesus, it was a God-divine appointment on His Father’s agenda.
Because Jesus went to Samaria, He was able to reveal Himself as the Messiah to the Samaritan woman. She believed in Jesus which led to the rest of the village believing in Jesus.
When we choose to lay our agenda for His agenda, we get to build His kingdom here on Earth.
There were many times when the disciples saw Jesus making “detours” or still ministering when they thought He should be resting. However, Jesus saw every detour and ministering opportunity as a 𝐆𝐨𝐝-𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 that was necessary on His agenda.
Let us be like Jesus and leave room for 𝑯𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂 in our lives. God is 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐞 even when we don’t see it (John 5:17). He has an agenda during both busy and mundane days. We have the choice to tune in to the Lord and 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒏𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑯𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂. Whether we’re going to the grocery market, planning for big projects, or going to meet a friend, 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝. We get to pick up His agenda as we learn to lay down our own agenda.
Not only do we partner with God with our actions, but our words matter too. Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit who lives in us. He is constantly guiding us to do and say the right things. We have the option to follow our flesh or deny our flesh and walk by the Spirit. Every moment we choose to walk by the Spirit is us choosing to partner with God.
What do you need to add or take away from your agenda to pursue His agenda?
God has created you to glorify Him. There is a joy like no other when we are pursuing His will. So remember, submit your agenda for His agenda.
Prayer: Jesus, show me things in my life that I need to lay down to pursue your agenda. Help me to only do what you want me to do and to say only what you want me to say.