This ministry has for a long time provided a place to help others. I can’t say that everyone has received help, but that has been our desire. This week I began thinking about the body of Christ working together; it is important we pull together to accomplish the purposes of the church. The church has been given the unique call to preach good news and make disciples. At our ministry farm we believe the Lord was saying to us for the past few years, “build a barn and usher in a harvest of souls”. That word was confirmed to us and so we will be using the farm to provide a variety of ministry opportunities in days ahead. It is important you see your part in the body of Christ and realize your effectiveness. We must believe in our hearts we can reach people for Christ’s sake. So I need you to ask yourself the question, ‘what do I see as my part in His body and will I allow the Holy Spirit to prepare me to be ready in season?’ My dad used to say, ‘you get what you are willing to give’. That is so true; we often reap a harvest out of the kind of attitude we bring with us. Often, I see people who come to church and seem to get nothing. What did they come to bring? Did they come just to get and not to give or participate? Did they just bring an attitude of unbelief that thought they were not going to get much and so received nothing? Someone has said how much attitude affects our altitude. I believe that is important for us all to consider. Is your attitude one of appreciation for the word or is it in merely telling what you know? Are you spreading words that heal or do they divide? The real issue is my heart and a faith that is working for his kingdom not my own. Will you consider working with me to reap a harvest in these days? Call or contact me so we can pray with you concerning God’s will and His work. Let’s find ourselves working together in these days ahead.
Galatians 6:1 says, “you who are spiritual, restore….” I believe the word is conveying the idea that we should as the body of Christ, seek to restore others to God because we are people who identify with the Spirit of God and see ourselves as His instruments. Seeing yourself as His instrument will have you focused on people and less preoccupied with things. Jesus did not come to serve things but the interests of others. All too often when we are in a position to restore others, we fail to hear them in a way to be of any useful benefit. In a recent conversation with a friend of mine, each of us were sharing some things that bothered us. It seemed as though we were each caught up sharing about our individual problems without really listening to the other. Though unaware of it at the time, we were almost trying to out-best the other’s problems with neither finding a place for healing. If I had realized at the time that God desires for me to restore my brother, things may have turned out different. The word says, ‘you who are spiritual restore’. We all have hurts and things we could share, but are we listening to be an effective instrument of the Master restoring others to His love? I believe He is saying to spiritual men and women, ‘have a heart to heal to breach’, here you will find a greater place of recovery for youself as you allow your focus to change from things to people and from self concerns to the needs of others. The Father’s heart is a heart to heal. The call to restore is uncommonly His, with no thought for self, only a desire to ransom many–bringing them and ourselves to a place of great recovery.