Jesus is coming soon. We all agree and all anticipate it with joy (and relief).
But until He does… we will witness a massive moving of his Spirit that will welcome multitudes into God’s Kingdom… almost too many to count. There are three distinct views of this last sentence among Christians:
- “I don’t really believe it.”
- “I may believe it but have no idea what this means to me.”
- “I absolutely believe it and want to be involved.”
Sign me up for ‘door #3’.
Those who don’t really believe it doubt God’s ability to do it, or don’t believe we deserve this ‘revival.’ First, never disbelieve God’s abilities! Part of revival is once again believing something we used to believe. Let God take you back to active faith and squash your doubts! And secondly, God still is “not willing that any perish, but that all should come to repentance!” II Peter 3:9 KJV
Be assured, God is coming for a great harvest. He still loves enough to go to whatever means to give people another opportunity to savor his great love. And He is still serious about the Mayflower Pact of 1620 that stated the Pilgrims had come to America to, ‘propagate the gospel among the Indians and to become, themselves, stepping stones for the furtherance of the gospel to the outermost parts of the Earth.’
This has been lost in most of our history books, but God hasn’t forgotten. America has been and will continue to be one of the strongest and most strategic mission sending and Gospel-proclaiming nations in the world’s history. Father God wants us to be successful still in this most critical service to Him.
So, where do you and I fit in? For many years, a daily prayer that I ask God to answer is for both Joanie and I, singly and tightly together, to PUT US IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME WITH THE RIGHT WORDS OR ACTIONS ON YOUR BEHALF.
In other words, we want to live like God is thinking! (Synchronized with heaven’s intent!)
If that sounds preposterous and unwieldy as a spiritual aspiration, you may have overlooked the role Holy Spirit is to be constantly playing in our lives. “Oh, if we could only hear Him” you say. And I would respond, ”Oh, but we can and we must.”
It’s a foolish thing to doubt God’s ability to want to direct us or to doubt Holy Spirit’s part in those directions. Next Monday, I will discuss four key components (flexibility, creativity, obedience and patience) that will help each one of us succeed as ‘Kingdom Extenders’. I’ll see you in a week.