Who are you?
Titus 1:1 -
Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness,
Firstly I like to apologize to God and to you for delaying this message which was to be sent yesterday. I got myself busy with things, some which were important but some which were not (therefore today you may receive 2 messages).
Let me start explaining this message with assuming we have a large mansion with many workers, some for housekeeping, some for cooking, some drivers, some electrical maintenance etc.
Now imagine the cook coming home and dusting the place well. He really works hard to keep the place spick and span. The driver too come home and starts dusting the place like the cook. Every day they come and they work hard to keep the place clean and to impress the master of the house. As a master what would your reaction be? You may be tolerant for some time because of your patient and merciful nature but then you will soon get angry for no cooking is happening and no one is driving the cars or maintaining the electric system. When the cars start to fail and the lights of the house shut, you will surely lose your cool.
In the Kingdom of God this is what is happening. People are working hard for God's Kingdom but there are hardly few who are doing the job they are assigned to do. Most are introduced through the housekeeping department and even though they were selected for other assignments they are still doing the job of housekeeping (cleanliness), the department which introduced them.
Almost all of us came through a spiritual guide (like a child through a mother); in the initial period the child is connected to the mother via the umbilical cord. It is via this cord the child gets nourishment required for growth, strength and continuance of life. But as the child comes out of the mother's womb the child needs to be physically disconnected from the mother and the cord cut. The mother still may support and care the child in other ways but that too stops as the child starts becoming more independent. It is only if the child grows that one day the child with mother other children.
In the Kingdom of God, few do the work of spiritual mothering all others remain children for ever. Majority of the believers are spiritually connected via the umbilical cord for the rest of their life. The main issue is with the mother who does not let the child grow and sometimes with the child who has the fear to moving out.
There are few who do not have a spiritual mother but have one or many surrogate mothers like in my case. It was the Lord who directly changed my life and bought me to Him and not through a person. No doubt there were people who helped me in my initial stage of growing like building faith and patience.
Whatever may be your way of coming to the Lord or whoever may the person who brings you to the Lord, there will always be a time for you to move out and be led by the Holy Spirit. When Jesus Himself did not continue to lead His disciples after finishing building their basic foundation, why are we being smarter than Jesus Christ. We too should like Him hand them over to the Holy Spirit to be led by Him.
They may fall a few times in the start but that fear does not cause a mother to encourage her child to take his or her first steps, then why do we? Imagine full grown humans been carried like little children, and we are all okay with it!
If you have a desire to work for the Lord's vineyard as given by the Lord. You need to become what the Lord as called you to do, the job He has assigned you with. It is the Holy Spirit Who is our foundation in the Body of Christ - the Church. No one else can guide you better than Him. In the initial stage when your communication is not well with the Holy Spirit, the Lord would communicate through others, but soon you need to get in direct touch with Him and avoid the possible corruption when having second hand communication.
It is only when we understand the Holy Spirit (the 7 Spirits of God) will we understand the calling and the job in the callings.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You humbled Yourself so that man would understand your ways and your Kingdom. Lord, You alone are the true Good Shepherd and we are called to lead others to You. Lord forgive us for the times we have tried to take your place in the lives of people we are called to lead and also ask forgiveness for the times we have got stuck to man, giving your place to them. Your Body has different parts and well defined function in the Word and we pray your people become part of your fully functional Body and bring it to glory and not make it a Frankenstein...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 Corinthians 12:27-30
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
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