Some can make purpose sound quite individualistic and quite self-oriented when, in fact, each of us is part of something that is bigger than we are. As Christians, we are part of the Kingdom of God; we are part of a great plan of God that has been intricately designed from before the foundation of the world. Added to the dimension of personal struggles and concerns is the dimension that each of us has a part to play out in that great design (cf. Eph 2:1-10). Individuals who stay the course will have an effect on many others and individuals who do not stay the course will also have an effect. When Apostle Paul reported to Timothy that Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica (2Tim 4:10, NAS) that carries with it much more weight than the ounces of mere ink and paper it was written on. It is obvious that Demas, after some amount of consideration and deliberation about something or someone in this present world system, simply decided not to stay the course. No doubt, from his point of view, he had simply changed his mind about a previous commitment but Demas was part of something bigger than himself. His commitment to Paul was a commitment to God; not simply a commitment to “a man who put his pants on just like everyone else.” Not only did Demas forsake his post of duty and leave that vacant but it had a significant effect upon Paul’s ability to get his duty done and that had an effect upon the churches Paul was attempting to bring along to maturity for the furtherance of the Gospel.
Melissa Gabler will be speaking at Kingdom Congress 2017
March 1-3, 2017. Click on this link to hear an excerpt of
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The Real Need
Is the real need of this nation a great politician or a real church? Politicians would hardly ever get a mention in the news media if the church was being and doing everything Jesus was and did when He was on earth. Jesus was shaking the present religious and political scene when He was recorded to say, “All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and earth has been given to Me. Go then…” (Matt.28:18-19a) and “…just as my Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.” (Jn.20:21) Key factors we must be aware of: “all authority” and “just as” and “go then.”
One of the major factors that got Jesus crucified was that He was getting more press than Caesar. People were following and clamoring after Jesus because of His acts which so effectively represented the Father. When Jesus confronted and contradicted darkness through redemptive acts it got the nation’s attention. After consistently revealing the Father in this manner, there was a snowballing effort to make Jesus king. Simply put, Jesus was more representative of life and productivity than was Caesar with all his financial resources and all his millions of citizens. Needs were met and problems solved that Caesar had no capacity for.
When the church is truly the church, in all its God-ordained function and authority, and takes her place in culture, culture will place so much attention on the life and productivity that is flowing out of the church (please refer to the entire Book of Acts) that politicians will be reported and lauded very little. In the book of Acts the church was getting more press than were government officials. “…These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.” (Acts 17:6) No politician or governmental entity was being given credit for “turning the world upside down” but the disciples of Jesus that He gave His authority to and the disciples He sent out. Jesus and His disciples (count them: 12) impacted the mighty Roman world and jolted its foundation so, that He and they were deemed a national threat. It was not because they directly threatened Rome or Caesar but because they acted in an authority that, because of its results, was obviously a higher government than that of Rome.
Rather than Christians and the church intimating a dependency upon particular politicians and government in general (as has obviously been the case since 2007), we should be displaying the results of the government of heaven. The authority of the government of heaven is not the ability to get particular politicians strategically placed but it is to do the works of Christ that make the need for such desired persons and positions much less necessary. (Matt.11:12; Eph.2:10)
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