Thursday, June 17, 2010

THE CALL TO PREPARE A PEOPLE

THE CALL TO PREPARE A PEOPLE
©2010 A. Brother, Narrowgate Publishing

“Many of the people of Israel
will he bring back to the Lord their God.
And he will go on…to make ready a people
prepared for the Lord.”
Luke 1:16,17


            There are those God is calling as John the Baptist was called.  The Spirit of God is searching the hearts of men now, to find those who will obey the Lord God in this call.
         
          God’s choices will be startling to many, because these called ones will be lowly and discarded by the world.  They will have no earthly pedigree, no outward signs that give an indication why God would choose them. 

          But these men and women will be branded with the brand marks of Christ, His wounds, His scars, His fullness of the Spirit.  They will walk in obscurity, but their cries will be heard by many of God’s lost ones.

          God’s chosen vessels will be purified through fire, and be tested beyond their own limits by flood and famine and war.  They will know the Lord, and will have His Word written in their hearts.  They will be as the apostles were, expending themselves physically and mentally, their bodies broken for the Christ who was broken for them.  They will not worry about food, clothing and shelter, but will seek the Kingdom first.  Their knees will be calloused, their hearts will be soft.

          These men and women will make ready the people of God for the Lord’s Coming.  They will speak anything they hear from the Father, and they will do His will, walk His Way, love with His love, and give with His unlimited grace.  They will speak only the Truth of Scripture, and not defend the ways of men. 

          These men and women will go to the cross for Jesus, as He went to the cross for them.  They will not hold onto worldly goals, nor fight for anything less than Christ in His people.  These prophets and leaders, unrecognized and unappreciated by many, will nevertheless bring back the ‘ekklesia’—the ‘called out to be together’ people of God—to readiness to receive the Kingdom of Christ. 

          “And he will go on before the Lord, in the Spirit and power of Elijah…”
                                                                  --Luke 1:17

          These called ones will be filled with the Spirit of God, not just in word, but in deed, and will exhibit the love of God, the fearlessness of Jesus, the power of the Spirit to call men and women to repentance out of their lives of compromise and sin.

          “And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.”  --Luke 1:80

            These men and women, like Moses, like John, like many of the prophets before them, and like their Lord Jesus Christ, will be nothing in the eyes of the world.  They will be veterans of the desert, long periods of obscurity and suffering.  They will have been forgotten by almost everyone, but not by their God.  The Lord will call them out, and they will witness of what they know by experience—what they have learned in the furnaces of affliction—and teach others to persevere in Christ to the end.
          The truth of God, from His Word, will be their primary concern.  They will not be swayed by religious tradition and weak and miserable principles of this world.  They will be “eyewitnesses and servants of the Word.”  --Luke 1:2

            The results of their lives, though given up freely for others, will be life in Christ for many.  The fruit of their hearts will be love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, humility, faith, and self control.  They will call many to repentance, and example the life of Jesus among His people.  They will build up the Bride prepared for Christ, which looks ugly, poor, and in rags to the world, but is beautiful to her Betrothed, who looks on the inside, not the outside. 

          Today, there are those reading this who are called to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.  To bring the Word of repentance to the modern, affluent, self-satisfied churches who are really “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”  --Rev. 3:17

            You know who you are.  God is calling you, as he has called from the beginning of time for those who will obey Him.  As the apostles, after being filled with power and the Spirit of God to bring the Word of Christ, experienced opposition and hardship, so God has been preparing you in the desert trials of your life to stand up and shout from the rooftops what God has whispered in your ear.

          Today, we must obey the Lord, and not men.

          Let us obey His voice, no matter how full of fear and trembling we are at what might happen—at the opposition and the anger, the abandonment of others, the worldly hatred that will come our way.  Let us speak out, as Peter, James, John, Stephen, Andrew, and the others did, whether it means a painful death, or exile.  Let us go outside the gates of comfortable, self-satisfied churchianity, preaching the true gospel of Christ, and our Lord, by His power, will lead many out of bondage to dead religion, and worldly evils.

          “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life.”  --Acts 5:20

 
          

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