Wednesday, November 22, 2006

 

Can a man limit God?

Some of my colleagues struggle with the fact that they are not as productive as they would like to be in their work. The see that only a small persentage of their work produces fruit. They are concerned about this, and feel their need to fulfill the great commission. They feel that God has given them a commission, and that they have the responsibility to fill that commission. They even ask the question:

"Are we limiting God".

My question is this, Do you really think that you have powers to limit God? Who do you think you are?? Maybe, you are a strong man, but WOW, How egotistico! Do you really think that The almighty cannot raise up believers from every person alive today if He so chooses?

I am concerned about the powers that you may think you hold.

When Jesus ascended, 500 people watched. He had fed over 5000 men plus women and children. Everyone in the surrounding towns knew about him, and all that is reported in the upper room prayer meeting in Acts 1, was only a mere 120, and He is perfect. He is God. He has told us that we should not be surprised when we are rejected. We should not be surprised when people do not listen, that they rejected Him, they will reject us too.

I am telling you, this frustration is not good. God's plan for us is not that we be stressed and burned out because we only won X number of converts, or baptisms -or didn't win any for that matter. Jesus rejected the crowds -even when they wanted to make Him king.

We have a job to do. We are to witness, disicple new converts, mobilize the new converts into a force of church planters. We fail the task when we disobey our Lord. Jeremiah was a success, even though his ministry produced no converts. Noah preached righteousness, but had only his family with him in the boat. The job of the watchman on the wall is to warn of the coming danger. If the people do not prepare for battle after hearing the cry, the people are responsible for the downfall of the city, not the watchman.

We have the privilege of working in places where others have gone before us. They have laid much of the groundwork. Many have invested their life into the people of the countries that we serve. Many have done well. Their disciples are making disciples. The question is when we stand before an almighty God, will we be found faithful. Will he say well done faithful servant, or will he tell us that we had many more opportunities than we took advantage of.

Just some thoughts from someone who will not live under condemnation because I have been set free from the guilt and false accusations of the enemy.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

 

Outreach group started

A struggling Christian couple wanted to start a group in their home. However, no one was interested. The lady of the couple began to teach sewing to several children, some youth and a hand full of adults. For one month, she had them in her small home every weeknight and invited me to come and share with her students on Friday night. Between this couple and myself, we provided popcorn, cheese puffs and cheap soft drinks. I went on Friday nights, and taught them some stories from the Bible, including the creation stories -that God created the spirit world and everything in it. The second story was the creation of the earth including Adam and Eve. The story of the ten commandments followed, and with that story, I summed Moses' hope up in three ways: first of all, he had the ten commandments, secondly, he had the sacrificial system and thirdly, he had the promise of a coming messiah that would take away the sins of the world. Finally, I told the story of Jesus and the woman at the well who was waiting for that messiah. She found hope in the messiah, Jesus. Then she told the men to come meet the man who told me everything that I have ever done. They went to the well, and met their messiah as well.

The sewing class ended on the 17th. When it was over, we talked, and the adults that were there decided that some of them would be interested in continuing. We would meet on Friday nights at 8:00PM. One of the key ladies needed work. She asked me to pray that God would give her a job. Within a couple of weeks, her employer called her and asked her to come to work. She had previously quit her job because of long hours, and little pay. She works between 5:30AM and 7:30PM without a break, six days a week. She, her husband, and her cousin and her cousin's husband, and the couple who have been so hospitable to open their home plan to attend the NOG. I know that within the group, there is a history of family violence, alcoholism, and a general lack of hope.


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