The big woke argument we live with on a day-to-day basis is "no one is any more special than anyone else." No one can soar out of the mire of this society and be a difference-maker. I totally reject this kind of thinking and when it occurs in our Christian circles it comes across as a fake humility type of theology. When I say fake it is the old thing where someone will be called and lifted up by God to do a special work for Him and when God really blesses they minimize it to act like it wasn't a special work or calling at all. Here is how all of this looks and speaks if we use real language. When we hold to this thinking then Jesus meeting Saul on the road to Damascus in a vision has no more significance than me attending church. The conversion of Saul IS a major move of God to position this humble servant to reach a Gentile world with the gospel. God bypassed a lot of "highly" considered disciples to get to Saul. God circumvented a lot of truly "religious" people to get to a man who was persecuting the followers of the Way. Saul was someone that God wanted to specifically use for His purposes.
I closed out my last blog with this scripture found in 1 Peter 5:6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. So the key to God's using you specifically for His purposes is to humble yourself under the "mighty" power of God! This special person for a special work has to humble themselves under God's power and that is the first position of God using you for His glory. The calling of God really comes alive when we realize that God doesn't make any mistakes and He has a great purpose for each of us when we bow ourselves, and our lives, before Him He will set into motion a life of purpose and a life that is equipped to do a "special" work for Him. Keep these words in your focus FOR HIM. In Acts 13 we get to see how God calls Barnabas and Saul to a special work that He had for them to accomplish great work for Him. Once again FOR HIM!
Acts 13: 2 One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”3 So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way. SENT ON THEIR WAY!! Our sending God is very purposeful to use who He wants to and if we will humble ourselves under His will He will send you to a special work for Him. The above scripture in 1 Peter 5 says this before it says to humble ourselves. It says God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble, which is a direct reference to scripture found in Proverbs 3:34. A fake, "oh I'm nothing" humility is not really very useful to God, but a believer coming humbly before God and offering your life, in light of His grace, is a person that God can send on a mission that is powerful and useful for God's purposes.
James tried to keep all of this in focus as he wrote in James 5: The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops. The power is not us. It is God's power!! The enemy would like for us to "power down" God's power by acting like He is not the same God today as He was in Elijah's day and thus weaken the work of God. Do not bow to that kind of thinking and know that God is still "sending" His followers to "special works" that are significant just like He did when He sent out Barnabas and Paul. God is still sending and we are the problem because we have found a way to deny His call in our life. In our world there are ministers who go to seminary and study intensely in God's Word and come and serve in churches and still believe that their serving is a "job." I reject that word used to do this "special work" for God. We are not of the world, so our work for the Lord is not a JOB! You may think it is just a word difference, but you are wrong. Job (def) - a paid position of regular employment. Calling (def) - a strong urge toward a particular way of life or career. I believe we have way too many ministers who are doing a job and not following a calling and there is little or no life in what they do. We are not called to just fill dates on a calendar, but we are called to challenge believers to "greatness" and it takes much prayer and investment.
Paul explained very clearly what we ministers are to do in Ephesians 3:11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. We are called to equip the saints and that is a very special work as well. What we are doing is "turning the power on" in their lives and God does the rest as they live for Him. I may not do too much as a believer because of my weakness in character, but in Jesus, I am able to challenge other saints to come alive in the Name of Jesus and then equip them for that work and see God do mighty things in their life. I couldn't even begin to do that if what I do is just a "job."
God's power is so readily available if we just believed in that power, so tap into the power of God and see how He can work in your life. This special work he has for you will impact lives for eternity. It begins today!
The Pilgrimage Continues