STEWARDS OF GOD'S GRACE: SEEING OURSELVES AS MISSIONARIES AND SERVANTS OF GOD
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation”Isaiah. 52: 7.
This above scripture reference can be applied to the life of all man who followed the great commission according to Mathew 28:18-20. “All authority has been given to me in heaven and earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and Lo, I am with you always.”
1. Our Calling
To be sent and work for God we must follow God’s calling and allow God to use us.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8.
2. Obedience and Love for the lost sheep
Out of obedience and the love for the lost sheep we must follow the voice of God.
‘”And when he brings out His own sheep He goes before them; and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice” John 10:4-5
We must not be discouraged by the dangers that we see in the physical realm. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7.
3. What do we need to succeed in reaching out on others and supporting them to know the saving grace of Christ?
We must speak with genuine love and care for the lost and never speak on our own authority (John 12:49) but speak the truth of the gospel. We must never want any one to perish and give all an opportunity to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
As we reach out those who need to know about the saving grace of our Lord, we need to decide what would be the best assignments for other believers who are eager to establish or help out at new missions. That will demonstrate that the eyes of our understanding of the intricacies of our duties are enlightened (Ephesians 1:18). We need to develop the right attitude to serve others (Phillipians 2: 3-5).
We need to seek to lift men steadily upward in moral and spiritual aspiration and achievement. We must labour, not look for the praise of men, to the end that moral and spiritual progress might keep pace with material advancement.
We must speak the ideals for character building and the principles for the guidance of ourselves in our relation to each other and to our divine Master. Our success would be enforced by our personal adherence to the highest moral standards and by our enthusiasm zeal, their self-sacrifice, and devotion to the will of God.
May it be said of all of us “These have turned the world upside down have come here too” Acts 17:6