“And he said unto them, how is it that you sought me? Knew you not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
A preacher once met a shy deaconess in a lonely corridor, busily doing her holy chores in his large church and asked her: “what turns you on?” The bemused deacon looked speechlessly at the bulky overwhelming presence of this instinctive and dynamic preacher, probably not breathing. The poor woman, perhaps wondering, ‘Lord have mercy, did pastor sleep well?’ ‘The next Sunday morning, the preacher told the congregation, if you do not know what turns you on, then I am sorry, you are not ready to embrace your purpose.
Sometimes we walk so blindly and thoughtlessly through life without taking time to assess some of the most important things of life. A plant knows that it is the hint of sunlight that turns it on to life every morning; a withered shrub quickens with the hint of rain, while the kick of ignition tells a car that its owner has a purpose for it that day. To a light bulb, it is the click of a switch. But you, dear reader, what turns you on?
Is there anything that reminds you that a new day has began, that there are twenty-four hours to be lived to glorify God? What beckons you to prayer, Bible study and meditation? What invites you to confront the challenges of your life and rise to greatness in honour of your God?
By age 12, the boy Jesus already knew what turned Him on, His Father’s business! When His mother found Him at the temple, Jesus asked her, “don’t you know I must be about my Father’s business?” Purpose was what kept Him consistently anchored in God because He knew that for Him to fulfill His purpose, He needed power from on high. Like Jesus, I pray that you are also turned on by prayer. Amen.
#VITATHOUGHT: If I retire to bed this evening, what will I like to see as my highest achievement today?