Our Christian Mission: Being Part of the Mighty Ones
Recently, I met quite a few Christians dedicating their time and energy to go to missions: building houses, giving out free food and clothing, providing various kinds of medical assistance, etc. All with good intentions to help mankind and to tell them about Jesus. I admire these ones. Yesterday, however, I read a quote that charged and challenged me with a high commission.
As Christians, as part of the Church, we are quite familiar with the evangelistic commission given by the Lord Jesus in appointing us to "go forth and bear fruit" (John 15:16). John 15 is one of the most important chapters in the Bible, loaded with crucial aspects in organic growth, fruit-bearing, increase, multiplication, and so forth.
However, hardly ever mentioned by most Christians is the fact that as Christians, as part of the Church, we are also involved in a great spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:10-20) to represent God in carrying out His judgment upon the enemy, the devil. This is truly non-fiction, that Christ will come back, descending with the mighty ones (Joel 3:11), to defeat Antichrist and his army.
In short, I was charged to be part of the mighty ones described in the Book of Joel. These mighty ones are not mighty because they are, in themselves, capable, self-sufficient Christians. The striking characteristic of these mighty ones is their will to choose to live in the divine history within the shell of the human history and to allow Christ to reproduce Himself as the Mighty One in them.
Let me share with you the quote I read yesterday from a dear brother in the Lord, R. Kangas. I hope that we would all pray while reading this:
"As human beings, we need to live a normal human life as part of the human history, but as believers, we have the honor of choosing, in response to the Lord's drawing, to live within the divine history that is unfolding within the human history.
I hope that many, at whatever stage in human life they are, but especially those who are younger,... would have a transaction with the Lord and make a decision, trusting in His faithfulness, that from this point onward, they would not merely live in the human history; neither would they be part of Laodicea. Instead, they would be proper human beings, experiencing the things of human life according to their situation, yet those who want the Lord and the enemy know that all the human things are not the focus of their being. They would immerse themselves in the unfolding divine history."
For reference and further context about the divine history within the human history, check these out:
- God uses "the locusts" to carry out His purpose and fulfill His interest - a blog post based on the Book of Joel and the Book of Daniel.
- The quote was inspired by Life-Study of the Minor Prophets.
- Feel free to read the Bible references as well - Joel chapter 3, Daniel chapter 2, and Ephesians chapter 6.