2011 Theme: “Make GOD Greater!”
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:1-4 NIV
Fruit From Laboring: When anyone labors, they expect their laboring to come to fruition. An athlete who diligently practices expects to become a part of the team and win games. A student who studies expects to pass tests and graduate. A farmer who tends his fields expects growth and a fruitful harvest. When you labor in your area of five-fold ministry, what do you expect your fruit to be? We can easily get consumed by “our” gifts that we forget the purpose of our gifts. We often allow the response of others to validate our ministry. What if in the midst of all the accolades and cheerleaders, a small voice was crying out for ministry and we are so caught up in doing church until we can’t hear or see the need?
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believes in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin!” Matthew 18:5-7
Spiritual Manifestation: I recall a period in my church history experience that the most exciting part of church fellowship was when a lost soul decided to be saved from his or her sins. Oh, how praises would be lifted unto the LORD. The fruit of evangelism should be the addition and edification to the Body of Christ. I recently experienced something that disturbed my spirit and was instantly convicted. The Word of God had been delivered through one of His vessels and the invitation to Christ had been given. There was such a “spiritual high” (distraction) that no one had noticed or acknowledged a little boy. A line had formed to congratulate the messenger (instead of the message) that it was awhile before anyone noticed or seemed to be concerned about a little girl who also decided to make the most important decision of her life. It was like ‘church service’ had ended and the most important part of ministry was not happening. I thought to myself, “when did we take our eyes off of Jesus?” How did we make this ministry about us and not these little ones? The celebration should have been about them, but we have interrupted God’s program. What other lost souls wanted to come to Christ and we were in the way?
When you minister in God’s chosen area for you, do not allow anyone to interfere with what God is doing. When we become so distracted that we don’t respect a lost soul’s decision to be saved, God has not distracted us, the enemy has. The enemy’s agenda has not changed. If we don’t make GOD greater, we will quickly be deterred from the purpose of ministry and the Great Commission. This means we must be alert and attentive. No one should leave saying how great we are, but it should always be, even if one has to be corrected, how great our GOD is that He used us to win more souls for Christ. This makes GOD greater!
With Love in the Spirit,
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