C.H. Spurgeon said, “Let each man find out what God wants him to do, and then let him do it, or die in the attempt.”
4 Qualities of effective pastors:
- CALLING (Gotta Know It!)
- PASSION (Gotta Want It!)- You’ve got to love what you’re doing.
- DISCIPLINE (Gotta Work On It!)- “Before we can conquer the world we must conquer ourselves.” Oswald Chambers
- INTEGRITY (Gotta Earn It!)
Mark 3:13-15. Please read it.
Jesus had already done miracles and taught. He had already called Matthew and collected disciples or followers. But now He’s ready to give authority. Symbolizing that journey of responsibility and accountability Jesus goes up a hill or mountain. There will always be a lot of people willing to follow Jesus in the easy areas of life but who’s going up the mountain?
People are at different levels of their journey or discipleship with Christ. Some being ministered to…and then others who share in the ministry, who have real authority, who are using their gifts and potential that God gave and recognizes in them.
Did you know that basically an “apostle” was someone with the “power of attorney” for the person who designated them? Jesus called disciples and at his departure designated them apostles. Are you a disciple or an apostle? An apostle is just someone who is a disciple and now recognizes the call of God on their life to live it “as Christ’s representative” on this earth.
There will always be people willing to listen and who need the healing Word of God…but they may never “do” anything. They may never go up the mountain or reach their potential or become apostles. But then there will be others who we will have to help them understand that they have been “called out.” We must train them, spend most of our time with them in order to give them real ministry and authority.
For Thursday, I’d like to throw back to a video my wife made with help from Dawn Duncan 6 years ago this week.
In Exodus 17, Moses was commanded to strike a rock at Horeb to provide water for God’s thirsty people. Because the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula are made of non-porous granite, Moses could only trust God for a miracle. When water gushed from the rock everyone knew it was a divine wonder. Including Moses.
Similarly this happened in Numbers 20 but this time God told Moses to speak to the rock. Moses, however, strikes it…incurring God’s judgment on himself. e would never be allowed in the Promised Land as a result.
Why? This time they were in the wilderness of Zin, where the rock is a porous type of limestone. As a shepherd, Moses would know water could be in these rocks. By striking it he is using his knowledge and not God’s supernatural power. Moses used an old shepherd’s trick, and God was not honored as the source of water.
Like rain, every life-sustaining necessity ultimately falls from heaven. The question left for us is, “Do we direct attention of those we serve to the source or do we sometimes use the ‘tricks’ of skills and strategies to accomplish heaven’s work?”
We take clean and abundant water for granted. I’ve never had to boil or chlorinate water for drinking at my home. I take showers daily. What about you?
That’s why these words of Jesus lose their power in our minds:
If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.
When you have all the water you need, whenever you want, those words lack power.
But after going to Haiti I saw what the lack of clean, abundant water does. People get sick. People get dirty. Water is so essential that people will drink it even if it’s polluted.
To a Haitian, this verse has a promise of great blessing. Meanwhile, we take the Source of water and water itself for granted.
Albert Einstein said,
God doesn’t play dice.
Long before you were conceived by your parents you were conceived in the mind of God.
You are not an accident.
I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born.
Knowing that God uniquely created me (you), what areas of my (your) personality, background and physical appearance am I struggling to accept?
I don’t know if you pray regularly for missionaries or if you know any. If you don’t, join me in praying for my friends of Northwest Haiti Christian Mission.
1. Acceptance by co-workers–other believers (Romans 15:31a).
2. Boldness in witnessing (Ephesians 6:19-20).
3. Clarity in communicating.
4. Deliverance from evil.
5. Extension of their ministry. The first thing a missionary needs are open doors.
6. Fruitfulness in spiritual endeavors.
7. Physical health. So many of my missionary friends have had to come out of the “field” temporarily for health reasons. It’s out of their control. So pray that God preserves their health so they can remain in their ministries.
8. Funding. Missionaries should be focused on mission, not fund-raising. Pray that their needs will be met to the extent that their dependence on God never wavers.