We live busy lives. It seems that we are busier than ever before, with our job, our family, our church, our school, whatever it is. I’ve learned through the years the necessity of a “schedule”, to try to organize and prioritize all that we have going on. Appointments need to be scheduled, planned for, and reminders given, lest we forget something really important (like your spouses birthday, for example!). But we must remember the barrenness of busy-ness. Don’t just have a full schedule, live a full life. Make sure your make “appointments” for the eternal, necessary things of life. Things that have lasting, eternal value: prayer, daily Bible reading, fasting, outreach, discipleship. And know that you have some divine appointments that you must not be too busy to miss.
You have an appointment with the miraculous. Jesus is preparing to enter your life in a way you’ve never dreamed of. Luke 7:11-15 tells of a wonderful, divine appointment that a widow woman had: “And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.” Can you imagine? Having an appointment with the coroner, with the graveyard, only to have the Savior intervene and turn it into the best party ever? She couldn’t have imagined the appointment she had with the miraculous that day…but Jesus knew. And Jesus knows what He is about to do in your life – you can expect your appointment with the miraculous!
You have an appointment with your calling. Each of us is called and commissioned to fulfill the purpose of God in our lives, and none of us are called to do the very same thing. We all have our talents, our areas of expertise, our place in the Body of Christ. The scripture that comes to mind is found in 1 Kings 17:9, in which The Lord is speaking to Elijah: “Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” Did you catch it? God had commanded (meaning, appointed) a widow woman to sustain the prophet. She had no idea the miraculous provision that was about to visit her household, but it happened because she obeyed the Word of the Lord. You answer your divine appointment to service in the Kingdom, and watch your household be blessed. Seems like Jesus taught that same principle in Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
One of the more obvious appointments we have is found in Hebrews 9:27: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:“. We all have a divine appointment with death. The death rate for human beings is right at 100%. And yet we spend most of our time as if this is not a concern. Folks, we do have an appointment with the eternal. Are you ready? An old song says, “Have you made your reservation?” This is one reservation that you cannot cancel! You’d better put this on your calendar. You do have an appointment with Jesus. Will you say yes?