E P H E S I A N S 4
7-13 But that doesn’t mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift. The text for this is,
He climbed the high mountain,
He captured the enemy and seized the treasure,
He handed it all out in gifts to the people.
Is it not true that the One who climbed up also climbed down, down to the valley of earth? And the One who climbed down is the One who climbed back up, up to highest heaven. He handed out gifts above and below, filled heaven with his gifts, filled earth with his gifts. He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.”
GUYS! God has created US, you and me, to play a huge part of him taking back what is dark and chaotic. His whole plan is constantly to take back what is dead, dark and chaotic. He is choosing to use people to do what he really could do on his own. He says “I’VE got all the power, so YOU go. I want you guys to go and make disciples of all nations!” He’s saying “I’VE got all the power but I am not doing all the work.” He created this atmosphere for us to live in and to use us to bring redemption to the earth! HELLO! His whole plan has always been for us to get into the game of redeeming the earth from darkness, to go, to live bravely, with authority because HE is going to be with you.
Are you bored loving jesus? I have been. Why? Have we missed it? Do we sit back and wait for power, constantly training but never actually going to war. Feeding and feeding and never using any of that nutrition to actually get to work. THAT’S BORING! I’M BORED! Are you reading this and saying, yeah that’s me, I feel like there’s something missing because this doesn’t seem interesting or fun at all, why am I even following jesus. I hear about all these great things and the bible seems like a crazy story but it just doesn’t seem like real life. Then, we go to church asking and waiting for god to “WOW” us when really he’s like…. “oh, sorry you missed it hannah, but I’m not here to wow you, i’m here to push you and support you as you’re doing my stuff on the earth because you’re the best plan I’ve got to win the earth.” But we’re bored.
God has always been about people. To save, to change, to be on mission. If you’re bored, if I’m bored, it’s because we are not on mission with the plan that God put inside of us through the power of Jesus. We are the ones he chose to bring the earth back to glory. To be strong and courageous and brave! Why do we love heroes, why do we love redemption stories, why do we love romance? Because that’s God’s mission inside of us!! When we are so focused on our own business, what we can get and do and succeed in, we can’t see God’s kingdom mindset. We can’t see his way of power and redemption. God is inviting us into his power and what he’s doing but we are missing it.
Have you ever gotten it though? When you step out knowing God is pushing you and you actually do it and it ends up being AMAZING! When you give to someone in need, when you preach the gospel, when you speak truth in an awkward situation and God moves! it’s exhilarating, it’s scary and it’s fun!!! “Come follow me so that I can pull you in, so that I can push you out!” He gives us all gifts to be a part of peoples lives to be the Jesus in their life. He has asked us to make disciples, to teach people how to obey and follow Jesus. He has given us all these gifts, to PREPARE, to EQUIP, to be fully alive in christ and to bring glory to this earth through us through the power of Jesus. LISTEN. We can’t do any of this on our own. We are given the grace, the strength, the power to stand to our feet and DO something, to stop sitting on our hands and waiting for a movement of god to stand us up and tell us exactly where to go and what to do.
What i’ve learned in my walk so far is that when I move to actually do something that God has asked me (and you) to do, I see God. I see what the bible actually means. That’s where my power and revelation has come from, when I DO what God has asked me to, to stand tall, step out, love people and make him know. And the bible says if we ALL stand and each part does it’s work there will be power and God will use us. I’m tired of being bored, guys. Im tired of wondering and wondering why me and the church are so tired of following jesus and being so flaky and wishy-washy in our relationship with Jesus. Why does it seem like the church only exist inside 4 walls, where did sunday morning church come from! Sunday morning church was created as the fellowship of jesus followers to come together and worship and praise jesus for who he is and what he is doing in our lives throughout the whole week! He is NOT a sunday morning God. He has an adventurous life for us if only we would step out and keep our eyes focused on His mission.