So, back to Mark 1, this is just after Jesus has been baptized. Verse 12 says, "Immediately the Holy Spirit compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness." (New Living Translation) The New American Standard uses the word 'impelled' rather than 'compelled.' The NIV says, "At once the Spirit sent Him out into the dessert." I really liked the NASB version. IMPELLED. That word really caught my attention. According to Webster's, this means:
1. to urge or drive forward or on by, or as if by, the exertion of strong moral pressure : force
2: to impart motion to : propel
WOW!!! I WANT THAT!!! I want the kind of relationship with my heavenly Father that when he speaks to me,
I'm IMPELLED to move,
I'm IMPELLED to act,
I'm IMPELLED to obey!
What a difference that would make in my spiritual walk!
I love this quote by D. L. Moody, "The World has yet to see what God can do with one man who is fully committed to Him." What if I truly, completely, fully committed everything to Him? What could He do through my life? In my family? With my neighborhood? My church? Father, help me to be who you want me to be!