I’ve been doing a lot of Bible reading lately. You know, when Peter realized it was Jesus, walking out there on that storm, he might have been asking for Jesus to bid him to come for a whole different reason than what we have always thought.
For instance, in this storm that we are currently weathering, all I can think about is getting closer to Jesus. Just to be closer to Him seems to make the storm less invasive. I imagine Peter didn’t even care if he sank or swam! Because being close to Jesus… feeling His presence… sensing His love that close… well, doesn’t that make everything better?
Of course, that was all before His death and resurrection. Now, we, who are baptized with the Holy Ghost, have the Comforter with us at all times! That doesn’t mean we won’t get sidetracked from time to time. We still need to realign and get His Truth straight in front of our eyes.
For Such a Time as This
Then it occurred to me… what if we really were created “for such a time as this”? What if the only light those around us will see is what we shine from ourselves? What if the only salt they savor is from our own lives?
If we know the Truth, how can we not share it? It could be that this was what we were born for… for this “such a time as this”.
Have you been feeling a stirring in your spirit you can’t get a good grasp on? Maybe you’ve been thinking things that just don’t make sense to the intellectual and well-trained portion of your mind? I think that’s because, sometimes, the things that God tells us to do just don’t fall in line with our flesh. Sometimes we are called to higher purposes that are only unlocked when we are faithful in the small things.
The bottom line is that we have a mandate to be Ambassadors on this earth for the Kingdom of God. Are we not? Or aren’t we called “heirs of God”? Joint heirs with Jesus? And if that is who we are… because it IS who we are… then don’t you think there are some responsibilities attached to that?
But then, I don’t want to make it sound like we have some “obligation” or “job” to do. If that were the extent of my faith, I’d be better off to just be cold and unfeeling altogether. After all, the lukewarm, God said, He will spew from His Mouth.
No, being an “heir of God” and a “joint heir” with Jesus means so much more. It is relationship! For instance, if you start opening your Bible because you desire His presence instead of opening it out of obligation, then you’re already there.
Back to the Point
But back to that stirring I mentioned earlier. Have you felt it? I sure have!
All of the ongoing nonsense I’ve heard for the past several months hasn’t increased my fear, it has increased my resolve. It hasn’t made me cower in the corner, it has put me at the grinding stone of study, sharpening the only piece of offensive armor available to us in Ephesians chapter 6: the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
I don’t want to run as far as I can from “sick people”… I want to go and put my hands on them and pray and watch God utilize a point of contact in this dark world for His Name’s sake! I want to be one of those few that aren’t afraid to stand up and say, I trust God more than man!
Let me remind you that God said if we don’t praise Him, the very ROCKS would cry out (Luke 19:40)!
Don’t give them the opportunity!
Demonstration & Power
You and I feel an ongoing stirring in these perilous times because there is a necessity attached to our being. In 1 Corinthians 2:4, Paul says, And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.
Sadly, we have not seen this “demonstration…and power” in a long while. At least not on the scale that others have in the past. They’re undeniable. The Azusa Street revival, for instance. Or the little town in Ireland where so many were converted that the jails and bars had to close because people were simply aligned with the character of the One True and Living God!
Then there was the Cape Town revival in South Africa, where those with a burden to pray over the city wore paths in the grass, walking up the hill that overlooked the city!
Time and time again, throughout history, God has LOOKED for someone. Just look at this Scripture from Ezekiel 22:30… And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
It’s one of those “hard things” to learn, and maybe one day I will dive into that a little deeper. Right now, I implore you, though. When God looks for someone to pray, to stand for right and fight the good fight of faith, I want to be available!
Let’s study to show ourselves approved, a workman unto God! Not to this world or it’s fears and power struggles and deviations from the Truth. There’s too much at stake, and time is just too short!