Friday, December 7, 2012

Obeying the Vision (December 2012 Newsletter)

 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them (Acts 16:9-10).

Paul was immediately obedient to his night vision of a nation desperate to hear about Jesus. He did not waver, doubt, or second guess the vision the Lord had given him. Instead, he and his ministry partners prepared “at once” to depart. Their immediate response was to act upon God’s great command and the cry of help from a lost and dying nation. The Lord has called us to move with the same urgency upon the Earth. We live some two thousand years later in this period of time known as “the Last Days,” and the Lord’s command echoes as loud in the hearts of His servants as ever. “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work” (John 9:4). Soon the time of the harvest will be past, and the urgent cry of the lost nations will become a cry of despair: “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!” (Jeremiah 8:20). Now more than ever, we must be about our Father’s business (Luke 2:49).

It is time for the weak to gain strength, for the wounded to find healing, and for the body of Christ to get over themselves and find the heart to do the will of God. While many search for nourishment and fulfillment in temporal things, we must remember the words of our Master who said, “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work” (John 4:34). We have no ability to feed ourselves. We must trust the Lord with our needs and seek first the Kingdom. As we pursue the advancement of His kingdom and His will upon the earth, we will find all things added to our lives and we will find our complete nourishment in doing the will of God and finishing His work. The Father sent the Son, not to seek His own, but to seek what was the Father’s and to offer His life as a sacrifice. Upon His resurrection He breathed His Spirit and His mission upon His followers, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21). Even as Christ shouldered His cross and poured out His life for a world of lost humanity, we must press on into maturity in Christ by pouring our lives out for others and finding Christ’s life within.

As I look forward to a new year in ministry, I am driven by an awareness of millions crying out for someone to help them. In my heart I hear Christians petitioning God to send laborers into the harvest. I hear chains and those imprisoned for their witness boldly proclaiming, “We are bound, but the gospel is not bound!” I hear the blood of martyrs crying out, “Raise up a generation to take our place!” I know that God is faithful to answer these cries that touch His heart. I also know that we must be obedient to answer the call. In the final day I want to hear the voice of the master say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

My sincere hope is that we share a reward together in eternity as we meet the Master face to face and become part of a crowd of men and women who live forever in the glory of beauty of Jesus Christ. Thank you so much for the love and support you've shown as I pursue the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.

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