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Divine Appointments

Last week, we were joined by the Communications Director for the Asia-Pacfic Region. It was a great morning of worship and he challenged us find the opportunities in our life where God is wanting to use us. The term he used for this was ‘divine appointments.’ I’d like to spend a little time looking at this idea.

Sometimes this can scare us. We jump to the idea that we are inadequate to share Christ with the people we come into contact with throughout the day. This feeling is natural. I would like to give you an encouragement to pray in this way.

Let’s look at the term, “appointment”. When we say appointment, we can mean a couple of things. Appointments generally mean ‘an arrangement to meet someone at a particular time and place.’ This is a general understanding of an appointment. There is another meaning, though. An appointment can also mean ‘an act of appointing; assigning a job or position to someone.’

Is it possible to accept both of these definitions? Think about this for a moment. We were challenged to pray for a divine appointment. I believe this prayer is asking God to intersect someone’s life with our lives and to open the door for us to offer grace. This might make us a little nervous, but don’t forget this is a divine meeting.

Divine means ‘from God.’ What if we saw our lives as an assigned position by the One who created all we see? The same God that put the stars in the night sky is the same God who put that annoying guy in the cubicle next to you. Why? Because He has given you the job to shine like a star in the lives of those around you!

In effect, you are praying, “Lord, at some point today, place me into the life of someone that needs to see You and give me the strength to shine Your light.”

May God give you the grace to shine!

Pastor John