Monday, September 5, 2011

We are Missing the Big Picture

I hear so many times, and I myself have asked, “Lord, what would you have me to do? What is my purpose?” So the Lord gives us gifts and tasks to do while we are here on this earth. But we miss the Big Picture so often, I know I have missed it, and needed to be reminded today of it.
In Colossians 1:19 Paul writes, “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell.” According to the Greek dictionary, fullness is “that which is filled with the presence, power, agency and riches of God and of Christ.” Everything we need, and desire is in Christ. He is fully God revealed through man. In Jesus we become fully equipped to do that which He has called us to do.
Jesus dwells in us through His Holy Spirit, and in Jesus dwells God- His presence, His Power, His Agency, and His riches. In us believers then, dwells the fullness of Christ- God in man.
I say all that to say this- We are missing the Big Picture.
Paul goes onto write in verse 20, “and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” Christ has reconciled us completely to God- he has changed from one condition to another (changed our sin into righteousness) and has removed all enmity and has left no impediment to unity and peace with God. (Vines Expository) It is the Divine Purpose of God to reconcile through Christ all things unto Himself. It is the Divine Purpose on the ground work of Christ accomplished on the cross to bring the whole universe into full accord with the mind of God. (Vines Expository)
What are we doing? We are asking God to show us His purpose, and His purpose is to bring the whole universe into accord, fellowship and unity with Him. He has desired this from day one- from the day He created Adam and they walked together in the Garden of Eden. But we forget this, because we become focused on what we think our purposes, our callings should be.
We say “I know God has called me to…..” But God has first called us to be in the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18 “Now all things are of God who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” You say, but I am not gifted with the gift of evangelism. That is not true- did not Jesus Himself tell us, “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, even to the end of the age. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
No matter what you are doing or where you are serving- God has given you spiritual gifts to use as ministers of reconciliation. Now, you may not be called to go on mission trips, but what about the ones that are living next door? What about the new believers that have just come to church for the first time? That sister or brother of yours that is living in sin and needs Jesus? What about them? Did not Jesus come to earth for the sole purpose of reconciling man to God? Then why are we choosing not to fulfill this ministry?
You say to me- this is all well and good, but I am serving in my church as an usher, and I was not called to preach. Yes, you were. I speak this in love and am urging you to forget what you “know” to be and look at what God is speaking to your heart right now.
We seek the greater gifts, we seek the prestigious gifts- the gift of prophecy, the gift of leadership, the gift of tongues, but the one Gift that we should be seeking is Jesus Christ and Him only should we seek. No matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, the one thing, the one purpose in our lives should be the “ministry of reconciliation.” I encourage you today to get down on your knees and ask the Lord to fill you again for this ministry. It is the one Divine Purpose for all believers, and it is the one purpose that we tend to neglect the most. God desires that all men be saved- we know that some will not, that some will refuse Him- but He is not asking us to be the ones that pick and choose. He is telling us today that His purpose for our lives is to “Go and make disciples” whether it is in our homes, our churches or in India, wherever we are at this moment-that is what He is asking us to do.
Don’t miss the big picture because you are too wrapped up in yours.