So many of us allow others lack of faith, doubts or opinions, our situations, and fear keep us from doing what we’re called (by God) to do. When we look at Jesus even from a little boy he never allowed anyone or anything keep him from doing what he was called or set out to do.
He didn’t allow his parents when they found him in the temple after they had left him keep him from being about his father’s business or Satan who tempted him for 40 days or Demons who he refused to allow to speak because they knew he was the Christ or people when they tried to keep him from leaving them. The wind or the pain and hurt he experienced that could’ve brought fear from the death of his cousin John the Baptist who died for spreading the word and convicting others by calling out their sin or Peter who tried to prevent him from going to the cross. He never allowed anything or anyone keeping him from the will of his father and we’re blessed today because of that.
Luke 2:46-49 (NIV)
46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?
12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Here’s something to think about. Could it be possible that someone missed out on a blessing because we failed to step out into or do what we were called to do but refused to based off the things listed above like fear, others opinions and doubts or our life situations?