In Acts 10, a pivotal moment occurs when one no longer had to be a Jew to belong to the family of God. It took 3 visions for Peter to understand that a God-fearing Centurion named Cornelius, a Gentile, could be saved. Peter declares, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right. I praise God for that revelation!” Acts 10:34
THE GREAT COMMISSION
OCC’s mission statement is, in essence, drawn from the Great Commission (Mt 28:19) “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We have been commanded to go… I used to think this didn’t mean “me” – God intended this for His disciples, His missionaries, His chosen ones. Why would I think this excluded me? Am I not His disciple? Am I not His chosen one? Did He not empower me with the same Holy Spirit, His Spirit to indwell me for His purpose? And what is that purpose?
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
The Holy Spirit is given to us so that we can further the Gospel, the Good News of Christ, so we are witnesses to the ends of the world.
As I thought about my daily life, living in my church bubble – I wake up, go to work, come home, attend a bible study, church on Sunday, (all good and worthy things), but I am convicted by the truth that I was created for so much more! We were created for so much more – I have the Spirit of God indwelling me for a reason – and I bet it’s not so that I can go from Monday to Sunday, doing my thing, living my quiet comfortable life until God calls me home! This is painful reality for me. I like comfort, I like my home, I like my routine.
WHO IS WORTHY?
I started asking myself the following questions, Have I become complacent? Have I lost my passion? Do I believe this? Are there people in my life, in our world, whom I have a difficult time believing that God came for them too? Do I think they are not worthy? God forgive me that I would assume this, for I am not worthy! None of us are! Kind of like Jonah not wanting to go to Nineveh to preach to a sinful people about a merciful loving forgiving God. I am convicted again! Thank You Lord that You are not like us!
So do I find myself singing about heaven, but living as if earth is my home? Do I dream more about places to go, people to see, fun things that Chris & I can experience, more than I do about the nations worshiping Jesus?
I am reminded of my notes taken from my Perspectives class on Apostolic Passion. What is Apostolic Passion?? It is a deliberate, intentional choice to live for the worship of Jesus in the nations. It’s the quality of those who are on fire for Jesus, who dream of the whole earth being covered with the glory of the Lord.
An example of this passion was Paul. He died to everything. He died daily. He was crucified with Christ. This strong-willed, opinionated man knew that he must die to self. He knew that in his flesh, he couldn’t generate the revelation of Jesus; he couldn’t sustain the heart of Christ. So he died, he abandoned his life and himself day by day, moment by moment. Have we given up our life yet for this cause? Have we surrendered daily?
LIVING FOR YOUR GLORY
Dare we pray: “Lord be ruthless with me in revealing my selfish ambition and my lack of willingness to die to myself” – I’m living for Your glory on the earth. For the sake of the world, burn like a fire in me…