CELEBRATING WHERE GOD IS AT WORK
We have faced many disappointments. Yes, some have made us wonder whether we should keep ‘pushing’ where the soil is difficult, or move on to other fields that we sense God calling us to. In recent events, we have been amazed at the divine timing of trips, connections and God’s provision. We are also amazed at persons whom we doubted would be receptive, but have suddenly proven very open and faithful to receiving the principles of God’s Word.
What makes the difference? Have we forgotten the sovereign work of God by the Spirit? Jesus pointed out to Nicodemus in John 3:8, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). The greatest joy in any ministry is through being led by the Spirit to where He has already begun to work. The longer I work in any ministry, the more I find it difficult to develop a human plan or program and then follow it. I am afraid of launching out without a clear sense that we are being led by God.
What happens when we follow a divine lead? Back to Paul and Barnabas; “When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the Word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48). Just imagine this celebration! Don’t overlook the sovereign action of God in ‘appointing’ these Gentiles “to eternal life.” Every celebration that brings glory to God results from accepting and working with what God has already started.
We need to stop asking God to join our plans and start joining Him in His.
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