Our Awesome Opportunity
9 Feb 2012
Have you recently considered what an awesome position of privilege we have been offered to play an active role in working under the direction of the King of kings and Lord of Lords, the Creator of the universe and the only Holy God as He works to accomplish His eternal plan for all of His creation?
During the past few months in Indianapolis thousands of volunteers have given up their time and personal resources to be a part of the annual Super Bowl. This week it is all over, the hype is gone, the zip line tower has been dismantled and the celebrities have gone back to their everyday environs.
The contrast is striking. We live in such a visual, short term, hype infested world. Perhaps in our day someone should invent an “significance gauge”, an effective tool to help us sort out the hype and pervasive image pounding megalomaniac messaging from the beyond doubt beneficial authentic activity that has potential to bring lasting, even eternal benefits to our souls.
It was reported yesterday that one of the political candidates received an astronomical increase in funding after winning three primary contests. This seems to be demonstrative of the fact that most of the time we like to be in support of and to be on winning side. Yet when it comes to the world and the world system which is clearly in control of Satan, we seem to have a deep seated propensity to join and support the losing side to our own downfall.
The messaging of this world’s evil empire is so subtle and compelling. Our enemy is so smooth and slick and seductive. Someone once said that the place to bring to an end the power and entanglement of Satan’s influential messages is to simply turn them off. What a novel idea. We have invited these messages into our minds, yes into our families and oh no, even into our churches. While we hold the key to the elimination of the power of the enemy over our lives and families and communities we so often refuse to use the off button. Have we misplaced our “ significance gauge”, or have we forgotten how to use it?
We are so trained to focus on and so susceptible to visual images. But what does the “significance gauge” say?
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (AMP)
17 For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],
18 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.
God is at work in our world. Much of what He is doing is not perceived by the eye gate. However, He is inviting us to join with Him in His eternal work. There is nothing more significant, either in this world or the next. So how do we get in touch with His work? How can we learn what is our part?
Of course no individual has these answers in detail for another; however there is some general information that may provide a starting point in answer to this question. First, we must pull the plug on the messaging of the world! It is impossible to hear the instructions of our King in the midst of the mind boggling mesmerizing messaging of our arch enemy. Then when semblances of peace and quiet reappear, we must replace Satan’s melodrama with a listening focused study of the workings and word from the eternal “significance gauge” and follow in abstract obedience the instructions from the word of truth.
To follow this path will position us for prayer. God is not so interested in workers and He is in family. He is fore mostly interested in our relationship. That is the beauty of our arrangement with God. He has removed all of the intermediaries and desires to have a direct loving and providing relationship individually with each of His children. The work is not unimportant, but it is not primary. Our work is not really work when we are in communion with our Father receiving His provided opportunities to become involved in eternally significant work in His Kingdom, doing what He design us and created us to be and to do.
A part of what our King desires to accomplish is revival, many waves of renewal in our lives and in our churches to take back territory that has been stolen by Satan. For revival, we can pray and we can prepare, God must bring it, and He will when we pray and are prepared. His instructions are found in 2 Chronicles 7:14; “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
In summary we can chose to turn off the messaging of the world, turn on the truth from His word and listen carefully for the instructions of the King. We can pray for revival awakening in our hearts and families, churches and communities. We can watch and pray and prepare our hearts for revival. These choices will bring rewards beyond description!