The greatest privilege
“It is our unspeakable privilege to be caught up with [the Lord of glory] in the greatest movement in history – the ingathering of the elect “from all tribes and languages and peoples and nations” (Revelation 5:9) until the full number of the Gentiles comes in. Then the Son of Man descends with power and great glory as King of kings and Lord of lords, and the earth is full of the knowledge of His glory as the waters cover the sea forever and ever. Then the supremacy of Christ will be manifest to all, He will deliver the kingdom to God the Father, and God will be all in all. (1)
There is something about this magnificent view of what God has called us to do that captures my heart and mind. I want to devote myself and all that God gives me to accomplishing this purpose. Without seeing this broad view through the eyes of the Spirit, we will doubt that our little efforts can contribute anything to reach peoples at the end of the earth. We begin thinking this way when we lose sight of the greatness of our God. We become preoccupied with lesser things, things of this world, time wasters and energy suckers, and self-seekers. We doubt the power of God because we mentally confine what He can do by limited thinking and resources.
Jesus pointed to “greater things” that would happen after the Spirit came (John 14:12). We have forgotten His promise because we refuse to let the Spirit take full control of out hearts and minds. I AM PREACHING TO MYSELF AS WELL AS TO YOU! The world has yet to see what God will do through a person who is fully surrendered to divine control. Will you join me in asking the Spirit to surrender us? We cannot do it on our own and need Him to empower these jars of clay.
(1) John Piper, Let the Nations be Glad – The Supremacy of God in Missions, Baker Academy, 1993, page 154.
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