Now here is a prophetic statement I don’t hear much these days and yet it is one of the most provocative truths the bible gives to us. In prayer the other day, the Spirit of God declared firmly, ‘I’m coming back soon!’
Over 2,000 years ago, the chief role of John the Baptist was to prepare the way for the coming of the messiah. In the same way, in every generation, God has raised his prophetic voices up to wake his people up to the fact that Jesus is coming back to planet earth very soon.
No person knows the day, nor the hour but this should compel us even more to be sober, alert and ready to do whatever it is God asks of us to do. I love the church but in some quarters, it appears sleepy and distracted by the lights, camera and action around us. God’s called the church to be in the world but not of it. We are not to conform to the pattern of this world but be kingdom oriented in our thinking and living.
There has never been a greater hour to be about kingdom business and prepare for Jesus’ return. Jesus said, ‘When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’ It’s a question intended to stir us to faithfulness while he tarries. I pray and believe he will as we stand together pursuing the Great Commission and being faithful to God’s call on our lives.
Jesus said, ‘This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached throughout the world and then the end will come.’ Are you playing your part in sharing the gospel of the kingdom or are you distracted and enamoured by the things of this world?
I pray a Holy Ghost urgency will come into our hearts and ignite us into purposeful activity and passionate intimacy with God as we anticipate the return of Jesus.
I had a very engaging conversation with a friend and peer of mine recently who discussed with me the idea of being completely comfortable and secure in your own skin, as being a vital key to impacting ministry. I definitely agree.
I think there is a lot of imitation in ministry because people really don’t know to the core of their being who they are or really what God has called them to accomplish. Whilst we are all under construction and hopefully changing to be more and more like the character of Jesus, the truth is our gift mix and unique personality is largely fixed. We need to embrace completely whom God has created us to be if we are going to be able to minister into other people’s lives with what God has put into our hearts.
I love John the Baptist. He was a voice and not an echo of all the other voices around him. He wore camels hair, a leather belt and ate locusts and wild honey and yet didn’t flinch or miss a beat. He had his own unique fashion, diet and message, repent for the messiah is coming. Even when his own team tried to pressure him to do something because Jesus’ ministry was blowing up, he didn’t let it change who he was. He responded with, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegrooms voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase but I must decrease.’ (Jn 3:28-30)
What incredible security and confidence John had in the Father’s purpose and call on his life. We must come to the same point in our relationship with God too. Security is a relational thing, not a situational thing. Too many of us measure ourselves by our image, reputation and circumstance. Jesus made himself of no reputation. Paul could care less what he even thought of himself, let alone what other people thought of him. God wants us to get so caught up in our relationship with Him that we lose the need to prove anything other than live in the love, grace and call of God made freely available to us.
It’s time to be 100% YOU. That doesn’t mean you excuse yourself from growing and if necessary repenting but it means you get real comfortable with who you are and the skin you’re in. You’ve got to live with you, you may as well be at peace about it and even celebrate it. If you don’t enjoy being you, no one else is going to be you.