The Seasonality of Revelation

In the Gospel of Mark, chapter two, is the following story:

“Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. People came and asked Him, ‘Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ fast, but your disciples do not fast?’

Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding guests cannot fast while the groom is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast. But the time will come when the groom is taken away from them, and they will fast on that day. No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new patch pulls away from the old cloth, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”

I share that to set the stage for this question:

What is your personal conviction, calling, or revelation right now?

I believe that question can be broken down into two more:

1. What season are you in?

In this dialogue from the Gospel of Mark, Jesus gave a lesson about doing the proper things at the proper time. I think the importance of seasonality is focus. I believe that it is best to focus on one thing at a time, long enough to bring it to the next stage, or to completion, or some other benchmark of progress. I think it could be argued that Jesus’ words here affirm the truth that embracing a seasonal focus is not only expedient but also right, morally right. It’s not that any one of these personal seasonal revelations are right in and of themselves, it’s that they’re right in the results they produce; they are right in that they are righteousness-producing. That’s a different kind of ‘right’. It’s akin to a concept that I have posited before, that there’s a difference between speaking the truth, and speaking truth in such a way that the hearer is empowered to come into alignment with that truth.

2. What do you need?

I believe that God’s guidance for your life is usually more about your character than it is about taking one path or the other. It’s more about your character than it is about the details. If you’re going 90 miles per hour in every direction then your calling might be to stop, rest, and seek God’s counsel. However, if you are bound up in fear or perfectionism, even with spiritual intent, your calling might be to go and just do some things. Those are two very different things, but they are both right.

See also:

I Want to Honor God

Which Way Should I Go?

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