Thursday, June 15, 2017

We Are the Plan and There is No Plan "B" - Part 2

Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”
This is the spirit of rejoicing in the Lord.  It starts with denying myself, taking up my cross and following him. To walk with Christ, we must crucify the old nature to walk in the newness of Life.  “Purpose” is the aim, goal, object, or end to be attained or achieved.  What is the one thing that you cannot compromise?  What is the one thing for which you give your life?  "Sanctification" or "holiness" according to the Word is to be separated for the purpose intended by the Designer. For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which he has prepared in advance that we should walk in them. The purpose is that the love of Christ compels us to die to self in order to live for Him. As King Solomon said at the end of Ecclesiastes, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear (love, reverence, and respect) God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Men and women of this secular humanistic world seek for power and selfish influence. They don't understand the biblical concept of “servant leadership”.  Jesus said, “He who is chiefest among you shall be servant of all”.  Jesus also said, "The works that I do shall they do and greater works shall they do because I go unto my Father."  The greater works is leading others to salvation through Jesus Christ. God reconciled us to himself through the supreme sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ. Through Jesus Christ, we were reunited with God, because Jesus Christ who was without sin became the perfect sacrifice for sin on our behalf that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him. Because we have been reconciled through Christ he has given us the ministry of reconciliation and has committed unto us the Word of reconciliation.

The challenges and trials of life are opportunities to prove the power of God to deliver. He is working in us and through us to will and to do of His good pleasure.  The spirit that we have been given is to serve our Lord by serving those whom He has given us to minister the word of reconciliation. Those whom God has called will receive us as God's epistles, His love letters known and read of all men.  We may not understand what God is doing in our own lives to influence others for Him. God has called us to plant and water the seed of the Word of reconciliation, even if we never see the harvest. Our purpose is to be secure in the calling wherewith he has called us.  For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which he's committed to me against that day of righteous judgment.  Our confidence is in him and the power of his gift of the Holy Spirit.  

2 Corinthians 5:20 says: “We are therefore Christ’s Ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

God will reveal to us the shortcomings of others so that we will know how to pray for them. For God's desire is that all would be saved and come unto the saving knowledge of the Truth, the Way and the Life. He has called us for this purpose: to reconcile others unto him. God didn't call us to develop a "plan of action."  Rather He called us to “be his plan”. He has given us the ministry of reconciliation and has committed unto us the Word of reconciliation. Our purpose and our plan is to "pray ye in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." Despite good news or bad news, the ultimate good news is the good news of the gospel: that Jesus Christ himself is the solution to the issues of life. So, in other words, give 'em Heaven!

May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ, Michael

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