God is in the business of intersections, coordinating crossing points where things line up and click in harmony at exactly the right time.Every individual comes to a crossroads where they must choose whether or not they will allow themselves to be intercepted, molded, and shaped in God’s image and embark on a path of service for Him.
[Intersection – the act of intersecting or the state of being intersected; to meet and cross at one or more points; to share some common area]
Personally, I accepted the Lord as my Savior when I was six years old, but didn’t fully understand the significance of that decision. It wasn’t until I was fourteen that I had an impacting experience with the Lord, where I found myself at an altar being called to a form of ministry that I never fathomed I would ever have to courage to do. Through that experience, God confirmed my calling so thoroughly that I cannot doubt the interweaving’s of experiences and years of preparation leading me up to that point.
For many of us, this intersection occurred when we surrendered our hearts and accepted Christ’s salvation for our lives. For others, the instance of salvation was a mediocre experience and our intersection occurred when Jesus rescued us from a challenging situation or shifted our reality by calling us to a greater purpose. For others, Jesus may speak to their hearts in a completely unique, individualized manner.
The beauty of this intersection is that it is fine-tuned to the individual and based on what will have the greatest, personal effect. God is very meticulous and purposeful in the preparations preceding and surrounding the point of impact. He is so intentional in the timing and organization of details. Furthermore, this impact is not a brash, mandatory intervention. How incredible is the fact that the Creator of the universe takes the time to handcraft our experiences and encounters with Him? And yet, He gives us the ability and freedom to choose our response and counter moves.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and give you hope and a future’”
(Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved . . . The same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him” (Romans 10:9-10, 12b).
Not only has God been preparing your intersection, He strategically placed Jesus’ coming to fit in the course of history, as well as your personal life. He ordained the entire scope of history to place Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection in the peak of an era where His message could be documented and preserved, as well as rapidly and continually spread. Stretching back into the Greek era, God used the influence of Alexander the Great to adapt the Jewish people to Greek culture, with the Greek language being the most important and powerful influencer (Global University staff 2013, 65). The infiltration of the Greek culture “tied the people of the empire together, making the spread of ideas and values much easier” (65). This culture was overtaken, yet still preserved, by the Roman Empire (66). The Roman Empire stabilized peace and established an effective governmental system that outlasted any other empire (66). Because of this, Rome made “travel and communication everywhere in the empire easier than at any other time in history,” setting the stage for the ideal placement of Christ (67). Furthermore, God specifically placed Jesus in the heart of Galilean culture because they were more open and warmhearted toward His message of salvation, as opposed to their legalistic Jewish counterparts (74-75). This enabled Christ and His message to be acknowledged and embraced, whereas it would have immediately been shut down (and was!) as blasphemy in the Jewish culture, who were so focused on their idea of a Messiah that they blinded themselves to Him (75). Down to the exact people group, God planted Jesus where His purpose could be spread and not hindered by religion, language, or government.
Between the Old and New Testament, there was a period of 400 years where God was silent as His people awaited the promised Messiah (67). Many interpreted His quietness as abandonment and lost hope for fulfillment of His promise.
“‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth . . . so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it’” (Isaiah 55:9-10a, 11).
Do not give up hope if God has been silent during this season or any other season of your life. He has been preparing an intersection for you long before you were even aware of Him or His presence. He will not impose or force Himself on you, but gives you the choice to accept Him. He is eagerly awaiting with open arms. Whether this is a first time decision for salvation, a call to ministry, a long- or short-awaited answer to prayer, or simply a time of refreshment and renewal with Him, He knows exactly what and when you need a word from Him and He is methodically planning the perfect time to impart the moment.
“. . . But if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God . . . The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory” (Romans 8:13b-14, 16-17).
Global University. 2013. The Life of Christ in the Synoptic Gospels. 4th ed. Springfield, MO: Global University.
Photo: Berger, Michael. “What Do You Do When You Are At A Crossroads?” Web log post. My Blog. WordPress, 16 May 2014. Web. 26 June 2015. <http://michaelcberger.com/2014/05/16/crossroads/>.
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