For such a time as this!
A timely message from guest contributor Joseph Soler.

As the world continues to work through an unprecedented Time Out, I’ve found myself with more opportunity to be still and listen to God. This picture came to my mind during such a time of quiet reflection—

I was driving a van through a city and parked it in a large parking structure. I left my van to go run errands and take care of pressing business before returning to the parking structure to head home.  But I couldn’t remember where I parked, or even what the van looked like. Pressing the alarm button on the key fob, I followed the sound of the blaring horn to find the van. When I attempted to leave I discovered the parking structure was closed.

There were gates with names written on them dividing the structure into sections. Stepping out of the van, I walked to a ground floor office to speak with the attendant about how to get out.  The attendant explained that in order to exit the parking lot, I had to name the section in which I was parked so he could open that particular gate.

Pondering the scenario, this is what the Lord showed me…

In the rush of our typically hectic and stressful daily routines, some of us have lost sight of our identity and purpose in Christ. 

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 NASB

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV

This Time Out offers opportunity to reflect on who we are in Christ and what He has called us to do in the kingdom. What about you?

Are you feeling a little lost in your own skin (van)?
Removed from your normal parking place, position or function in the kingdom?
Does it feel like divine assignments have been put on hold?
Like you’re not quite sure how to get out of the parking garage you’re stuck in?

There is an exit from the parking lot! Mercifully we have a Divine Parking Attendant  who always knows the way out—if we are intentional to seek and ask Him.

The Father stands ready to direct you to your gate of freedom through Christ Jesus. The gate opens when you go to Him, identify your places of entrapment, and ask for the release only He can give.

During this time of unplanned Sabbath, reflect on the truth of who God has made you to be in the kingdom.

In what ways have you lost sight of your true identity in Christ?

What roadblocks have kept you from pursuing kingdom assignments or fulfilling your God-given destiny?

Seek first His kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

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