“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19 (ESV)
Do you want to be like me? Do you want to live the kind of life I lived? Do you want to go and do what I did? Do you want to follow my example? Do you want to think my thoughts? Do you want to speak my words? Do you want to do my deeds? Do you want to live the life that I am calling you to live? Yes Lord, I want to say yes to every question that you have asked of me. I want to be like you. I want to go and do what you did. I want to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to fulfill your purposes and accomplish your plans for my life. I will follow your example. I will live the life that you are calling me to live. That is very good.
What can I expect? What will I look like? Where will I go and what will I do? Do those seem like good questions to you? I thought so, maybe not. I’m not sure. Let me hear your answers to you own questions. If I follow you, I will go where you lead me and do what you ask of me. I will go and do what you did. What did I do? You proclaimed good news to the poor. You proclaimed liberty to the captives and those who were oppressed. You proclaimed recovering of sight to the blind. Yes, I did. Can you go and do these things? Not on my own I can’t, that’s for sure. You are right about that. Am I asking you to go and do anything with your own power and strength? No, you are not. What are my promises to you? You will lead me. You will guide me. You will teach and train me. You will always be with me to help me. Yes, I will. What else? You will fill me with your Holy Spirit. Your Holy Spirit will give me the ability and power to do whatever you ask of me. That’s right. I am excited to live the life that you have called me to live. That is very good.
Lord, I want to become like you in all my thoughts and words and deeds. I want to go and do what you did. Use me to proclaim your good news to the poor, liberty to the captives and oppressed and sight to the blind as I love, follow and serve you every day. Amen
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