"Men at Work!", is a common sign in construction sites and roadways. This simple sign is designed to warn that there is movement of men and women around us, tearing down or building up. Machinery is being operated, and we should be alert.
God is at Work
There should be a great sign like that over our planet because God is surely at work in our world, and it is incredible to see what He is doing.
The deeper and broader we look, the more we can see the hand of God moving over the earth in power and authority.
The Gospel is being shared and the Spirit of God is working in the lives of people in many places. I was just reminded of this in a powerful way last week at a training event with thirty participants and six faculty from five nations, and from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and cultures. We were all believers in Jesus Christ, but only those teaching came from Christian backgrounds. Every participant was a first-generation believer. Not one was raised in a Christian environment. There were former Sunni Muslims, Shia Muslims, Druze, and Yazidis, and they were all attending our leadership training conference designed to help Christians fulfill their potential as leaders to reach the lost.
One of the great things about that week was that it reminded us how God is at work across this planet to redeem people "from every nation, tribe, people and language" (Rev. 7:9) to Himself. Those men and women were living proof of that biblical truth, and it was exciting to see the mighty hand of God at work!
More than Just Excitement
This is good news indeed, but is there a deeper meaning for us who know Christ and have understood the message of the Gospel? In his book Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby writes as obedient followers of Jesus, our main task is to “find out where God is at work and join Him in what He is already doing".
As we consider the fact that God is working to call out a harvest from all over the world and from all peoples and cultures, it is imperative we get involved in what He is doing. We need to share our faith with those around us by supporting missionaries and organizations working to take the Gospel to places and people most of us will never have opportunity to see. We need to do what we can with the resources
God has entrusted us to train indigenous leaders all over the world, in order to facilitate the most fruitful and effective evangelism in every country and culture.
The harvest is plentiful, and God is at work in it. Let’s join Him and become workers in the harvest field. God is at work in every place, in every way, and with every resource. Let’s get involved in the work of the Lord for the harvest!
As we begin the Christmas season, we are reminded of how Christmas is a yearly expression of the ultimate experience of waiting. As kids, we were waiting the entire month for Christmas morning but think back to the excitement of waiting waiting on the Savior!!
It's easy to give thanks to the Lord when things are going well, but how often do we give that same thanks during rough times? Give thanks to the Lord, and pray without ceasing.
Are we actually doing more harm than good by doing nothing at all? Do we hurt those in need by taking no action at all? It's time for us to do stand up and do something!
While we may not love what we see in the mirror, most of us would never leave home without first checking our appearance to make sure everything was in order. Paul also instructed the Corinthians to “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves" (II Cor. 13:5).
The idea of making a joyful noise to the Lord is often associated with singing, but our "noises" don't always have to be audible. When we live a life pleasing to God, we truly begin living loud.
We all have personal struggles we cannot always understand or control, but God is not overwhelmed by our chaos. Where are you at in your walk with God?
Our neighbor’s house, spouse, servant or ox would be no temptation if we were truly and completely content in our circumstances and life situations. It is as though we could rephrase the tenth commandment by saying, “Be content.”
The deeper and broader we look, the more we can see the hand of God moving over the earth in power and authority. How do you see God at work in the world?
We all go through periods of "dryness" in our spiritual lives, those times in the dry desert when we feel empty, alone, and far from God. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, the remedy for spiritual dryness is quite simple.
Maybe even the worst of times aren't far from the best of times when we trust our unfailing God all of the time. Do you believe God is working all things together for your good?
Like sheep, we have gone astray, but we aren't just any sheep, we are the sheep of His pasture.
Billions of people are waiting to hear the Gospel, but, "If you don’t know, then you don’t know that you don’t know." Will you tell those who don't even realize they need the Good News of Christ?