Mission and service do not begin with a verb! They begin with a relationship.
All too often we quote the word “Go!”, forgetting that,
“When they saw him, they worshipped him;”
“Son, go and work today in the vineyard.”
It is no use going and getting on with it if we haven’t had a clear revelation of our preciousness as sons and daughters of a loving Father. This principle was manifested in Jesus’ own life. He went into the waters of baptism and,
“as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
This “Spirit baptism” brings a revelation of sonship. In the same way, we also need to be renewed in the revelation of God’s Fatherhood in order to fully accomplish the works which he has prepared in advance for us to do. Perhaps the first sign of being truly filled with the Holy Spirit is to do with “hearing” rather than speaking.
Do you hear the Father affirming you as a loved son or daughter?
Without this revelation our service can be full of fear and duty. The famous verses from Romans prove an effective remedy to such slavish toil.
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry “Abba, Father.”
The apostle Paul encourages Timothy not to be ashamed or fearful but to boldly suffer for the gospel,
“by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life- not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.”
Grace and destiny, two pillars of strength for our Christian walk.
“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.“
“In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ…to the praise of his glorious grace.”
We are called to be “grace in action” truly “charismatic”. And we need such active grace if we are to become like Jesus.
Paul’s missionary endeavours hung on his capacity to understand and receive grace. For him, grace was much more than a sort of “mess up, clean up” agent. It was his motivation and strength.
“…and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them-yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
Have you learned the secret of the “yet not I, but the grace?”
God says to the prophet Jeremiah:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
Before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Are you secure in God’s passionate prognosis ? His fantastic foreknowing.
I have forever existed in God’s intention which is now manifest in space and time. Faith in Christ and obedience to the Holy Spirit brings a fruitful collaboration with the divine intention.
Don’t get too focused on the problem of sin. We are not called to be under the yoke of condemnation, begging a few morsels of hope through our contrition but we,
“who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness”, are called to “reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”
“where sin increased, grace increased all the more…”
My prayer is that through these few lines God will renew you in the fundamentals of adoption grace and destiny. Receive a fresh baptism in the Spirit and hear that you are His precious son or daughter.
You are not a failure, He is well pleased with you !
I’ll finish by encouraging you to meditate on Paul’s personal missionary testimony to the Galatians which is soaked in the security of destiny, inspired by grace and caressed with the revelation of sonship.
“But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles…I went immediately…”