Monday Musings 20/08/12
What a privilege was mine last week to share the Word at the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Zambia (PAOGZ) General Conference.
My thoughts were taken from the Apostle Paul’s challenge to the church in Corinth. Last week, they were directed to four hundred ministers. Today’s blog is directed to the whole church.
Paul reminds us that God has entrusted an incredible task to those of us who are a part of the Church of Jesus Christ. Like Paul, we are called to be servants of Christ, by the will of God – Paul was an apostle, but he was a servant first!!!! Servanthood comes before title or position.
2 Corinthians 2, suggests that “we are to God the aroma of Christ”. Think of this with me. God uses us to spread everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
To one, we are the smell of death, to the other the fragrance of life. There is an incredible contrast in these two statements. The aroma that we release to others, has a lot to do with the motive & attitude of the servant.
“Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.” (2:17)
Christ is not a type of produce that we take to the local market to sell for personal profit. Jesus Christ is the living Son of God who made Himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2)
One of the great motive and attitude checks of the heart has to deal with how we view others. When you look at a successful business man in your community, do you see the opportunity for personal gain, or do you see a man/woman in need of the saving power of Jesus Christ?
When you see a desperately impoverished outcast in your community, do you see your self as too important to get your hands dirty?
I will never forget going to the Montreal General Hospital with my visitation pastor to visit a young woman named London, who, on occasion, would visit our church. London prostituted her body to buy drugs and ended up on her death-bed, dying of Aids.
When it was time to pray, I am ashamed to admit that I was unwilling to reach out my hand to touch her. I had seen her life on the streets, and based on that lifestyle, found it hard to reach out and touch her.
Graciously but firmly, my visitation pastor reminded me of the power of a touch and encouraged me to reach out and touch London’s hand as we prayed. I am so glad that I listened to him in the hospital that day, as we had the privilege of leading her to Jesus on her death-bed.
Personal gain or preference will lead to the smell of death. Putting others needs first will lead to the fragrance of Christ.
God, strip us of pride & politics, arrogance & agenda and replace it with humility. Remove the smell of death and replace it with the fragrance of Christ’s life. Empty us of personal gain and help us to take on the very nature of a servant.
“Who is equal to such a task?”
Until next Monday (for part two)…
Taking risks for Kingdom impact!