Monday, April 01, 2013
Mission Minded EVERY day
Christian: celebrate Jesus today. There is no such thing as "Easter Monday." It's just Monday. It's a day to serve the Lord. It's a great day, no doubt, but it's not a holiday. Even if we are with family, IF we are believers, we are on mission for the Lord. Perhaps we should see what the early disciples were doing on the day after Jesus rose from the dead.
If we want to be like the early disciples, Do this:
"And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying... All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer..." (Luke 24:52-53, Acts 1:12, 13a, 14a)
But, we're not waiting for the Holy Spirit to come. We might be waiting on Him to move, but not to come. He's arrived. He's here. He's filling the Body of Christ in the world, that The Body may do the works of Jesus.
Maybe we ought to heed this counsel of Jesus: "For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:10-13)
The Holy Spirit has come down in power. Have we received Him in power?
You'll know by this: [Jesus said,] "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8a)
God has not called us to know everything, but He has called us to be a witness of what we've experienced in Christ Jesus. Perhaps the church seems so silent because she's witnessed so little. Perhaps it might explain why we complain more about politics than we do preach Jesus. Perhaps it is why we jump up and down for sports, but barely sing for Jesus. Perhaps that is why we'll brag about a sale, but won't whisper Jesus' name.
To be saved is a miraculous event. It changes people. It's something to witness and to witness about! Salvation is not a decision of man, but a massive move of God that puts to death our old man and gives our flesh and bones the life of Jesus. Many people can tell us they "go to church" but I want to hear the witnesses who tell what JESUS has worked in their lives. What has He done to give you the mind and heart of God?
There's a lot to do on this Monday. If you are a believer, you are a witness. Never take a day off from Kingdom work.