Just wondering for me curiosity here, has anyone noticed lately a theme to my blog? First I was talking about taking a leap of faith in your relationship with God, then I was talking about reaching out. Now today I am talking about go and do likewise. There could be a lot of different interpretations of the term go and do likewise, how many times in church or even Sunday school growing up did we hear that phrase? Go and be more like Jesus for example, or go and be a world changer. The first part a lot but how many times do we here the latter? And what does it mean to be a world changer? Can I be a world changer from where I am at now? Will God call me to a far away country?
All of those are valid questions, and to be honest do I have an answer to each and every one of those? Probably not but lets look at a few examples of world changers. If we wanted to start with the start of time we could with Abraham, God told him to pack up everything and to move to a new land, a new people group a new and a first for everything. Did he have doubts of by every account so, was he scared. Well no one ever said being a world changer would be easy, but in turn God used him at the new location to be the father of the modern area of Israel. Abraham had not answered the call there would be no Jews around today. I am sure God may have called someone else, but he choose him. And Abraham answered faithfully.
David oh David the man who was known to have a heart after God. Been chosen to take over the throne at just 14 years old, slew a giant who everybody else was afraid to encounter. Spent a lot of times in caves, killed other people husband just to cover an affair. Ran from God, but ran to God also. Was not afraid to take a stand for what he believed in. Talk about a example to each and everyone of us as believers. How was he a world changer or a go and do likewise? We need to have a heart after God as deep and passionate as David. Always seeking always learning more about God. Running to Him when we are scared and alone, telling Him when we get mad, or upset. His life may not have been perfect but who amongst us would be ready to throw the first stone?
I could go on about other great things that others did, such as a12 year old king who walked with God. The prophets, and a host of other people that may have been shaping this world for us know and may not even sensed it. By the time the 12 students came along however, Jesus had hand picked the next leaders of the church. They were ordinary guys with no special schooling no degrees or anything like that. They walked with Jesus and they answered the call. They spent three years with the best teacher around, He had the inside story to everything literately.
There are some verses to support this also. Now the Bible is composed of over 66 books split into two halves. Written by authors, breathed upon by the breath of God.God inspired them what to write, they did not add there own thoughts.
Jerimiah 1:7-10–But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” God is faithful, He will be with us to share the gospel to be the light in the darkness around us.
Matthew 28:18-20—Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Guess what this applies to you if you have accepted Christ into your heart, He may not call you to far away lands. But He has called us to be a witness to everyone around us, and if He prompts us to share the gospel we better listen.
Epesians 6:10-18– “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Why does it seem like we have seen these verses before? This is the armor of God that He has provided us with. We are soldiers on the front lines at all times in battle. Others are around us to support us, but if we do not have our armor set or on how will we be able to help protect them?
You may not be called to reach the closed nations, but what about your friends? You may not be called to give the Sunday message, but what about those who are hurting next to you? Be a light at all times to those around you. You never know who you may effect. Happy reading Adam