“Step out now and experience the joy of fruitfulness in the Lord”
The Lord has been equipping us and preparing us for this time of awakening. We each have a role, a ministry, a calling, a destiny, beyond our important roles in our careers, as parents, etc. It involves our very purpose in the Kingdom.
The Holy Spirit has been preparing each of us through revelation to know who we are in Christ and to serve by letting Him work through us as a part of the Body of Christ in furthering the Kingdom. We are all “Ministers of Reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18-19).
Some will encourage, some will teach, some will write, some will reach out to new believers, etc. We all have giftings, and, as believers, we all have Jesus to live through us so we can be His hands, feet, mouthpiece in this world.
We are all called to be a part of the two Great Commissions, to preach the Gospel of Grace to every creature (everyone we have contact with), and to make disciples of all nations, both establishing new believers, who will have signs following, and participating in bringing in all who will, worldwide, to the Body of Christ, and teaching them to follow Jesus and His ways.
The one commission is found in Mark 16:15-18, “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved… And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues… they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
The other commission is in Matt. 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.”
What does it mean for each of us personally? Too often believers have complacently sat back and said, “that’s the job of the Church.” But WE ARE THE CHURCH. If we don’t allow the Lord to inspire us and empower us to do it, it won’t get done. As Ministers of Reconciliation, each of us are called to draw on the resources of the glory of the Lord within us and be proactive in our loving, encouraging, witnessing, exhorting and discipling of those around us. In addition, some of us are called a more active ministry of going on mission trips, or serving local missions for the poor, while others are called to give in prayer and finances to further outreach for the Gospel.
If you haven’t been fulfilling this key purpose for your life, you can begin now. Step out in some area for the Kingdom for which you know God has equipped you. As you step out, He will guide and direct you in prayer, and you will begin to experience the joy of fruitfulness in the Lord. And you will be actively a part of the advancement of the Kingdom. Rebuke the lies of the devil, turn to the Lord and step out. Now is the time!
(Written and first posted on Facebook February 20, 2012)