There is adventure in being ready to traverse the opportunities God gives us to see His kingdom at work. When we come prepared to take a step of faith, we also make ourselves available to see His glory, and sometimes this is beyond what we could have imagined for the day’s schedule!
One of the things I love seeing is how God works His ways through his church as a whole; people with different spheres of influence, different spiritual giftings, at different places and at different times. Yet, the same Spirit leading each person so that in the end, the glory of God’s kingdom is revealed and we all celebrate together. Here are some examples I have seen of this in just the last week.
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Someone brings a friend to church, someone else greets them and sits with them awhile before needing to go to a meeting. They introduce the man to another person who speaks with him until the service begins. The worship team worships, the preacher gives the message, the words of God touch this man’s heart so that he meets God and surrenders his life to Jesus. Salvation, another son brought back into God’s kingdom, and multiple people to witness and celebrate this! Each of those involved did as God had given them to do, even without knowing the whole situation, but God knew exactly what was needed and He came through.
Some missionaries dare to travel abroad with no knowledge of the language, and no Christian contacts. People are praying, and the missionaries are trusting. Over years, and even decades, as they remain faithful and persevere in this calling God has given, He opens doors, and He brings people across their path. They end up seeing people give their lives to Christ despite language and cultural barriers.
Every week, new people come to church. There are café workers, kids workers, greeters, musicians, ushers and all sorts of people serving at the church in different ways. At any time, a word of encouragement, a verse, a shout of joy, an extended hand of friendship, or a prayer might be given. On any one of these occasions, a life might be encouraged, set free, and transformed, and all this through the same power of the Holy Spirit that leads each one of us to walk in the ways of God.
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What a privilege it is to be a part of God’s kingdom at work on earth! What a joy it is to serve with others in the family of Christ to see people touched and transformed by the love of God! How glorious it is to see God!
[1 Corinthians 3:5-6] – “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”
What does this mean for us in our daily lives? Well, I know I cannot do everything by myself, and I also know God created us, the church, to be a body; each person with their gifting and their role to play in the greater purpose and plan of God’s good will. Therefore, I want to make myself available for God to use as He knows best. I want to encourage my brothers and sisters in the purposes God has called them for. I want to see God as He leads the way and reveals Himself on this earth!
[1 Corinthians 12:4-7] – “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”