Sometimes when God first starts to reveal our part in His plan, we want to start “doing” right then. There are times that we should move instantly because it might be the only chance we have to witness to a particular person. But if God is calling us to do a work that requires coordination and acceptance by others, we may have to wait while everyone else involved gets lined up. God never sends us unprepared. Jesus was tested for forty days before He began His ministry. Saul spent years in the desert becoming Paul. David spent years fighting battles, running from Saul and was anointed three times before He actually took the throne. Preparation requires patience, prayer, persecution, perseverance, provision and power. There are usually people who disagree with what we think God has called us to do and/or the methodology we use to do it. We must not only be patient with God but with others involved as well. We must endure the negativity and the discouraging remarks. If we persevere, God will give us the provisions and the power. God had prepared the disciples to “go and make” but now He has commanded them to “wait”. Waiting can sometimes be the hardest part. But success will only come if we adhere to God’s battle plan and His timing. We must wait until all the ifs, ands, buts, perhaps, and maybes are gone. Then when the Commander says “charge”, we will be successful in the war.
14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.— Psalm 27:14 NLT
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
Christ has given 5 gifts to the church, these are known as the 5-fold ministry. They are not given to the leaders so they can do all the work. They are given to the church leaders so that they can equip the laypeople (that’s us) to do the witnessing, visiting, and serving. They build up God’s church by training and encouraging us. Learning to do these things is how we grow to maturity in Christ. When we are new Christians, we can be easily misled by those who are in authority, but as we learn, we should be able to “stand against the wiles of the devil”. One of his tricks is to use Christians to mislead others. Choose carefully those to whom you listen. There are sheep in wolves clothing trying to deceive the elect. Always cross check every message and lesson with the Bible. Don’t be swayed by charisma, charm or emotions. “Be rooted and grounded” and stand firm. As we mature, we become more like Jesus. Follow His example, speak the truth in love and lead others to Jesus.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
Having the same mind as Christ Jesus does not mean that we know everything that He knows. It means that we have the same attitude toward others and that we desire the same outcome from situations. It ultimately means that we humble ourselves under His mighty hand. That humility will cause us to want to please Him. Yes, even to the point of dying for Him. Not there yet? Most of us aren’t. That’s okay for now, God knows our hearts. Just keep striving toward the mark so that we don’t miss the high calling of Christ Jesus. Living a life of Holiness is a journey that is taken one step at a time. Whatever God asked you to do, you can be sure He has prepared you to go through it. He will go before you, with you, and be your rearguard.
“God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called” – Pastor Jack Graham