Interesting coupling of words, words that are used at so many levels and in so many environments, whether in business or in church I wonder which one is used most in your world?
Effective (adj) Being productive of or capable of producing a result
Success (n) The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted: The gaining of fame or prosperity
Maturity The state or quality of being fully grown or developed.
All have their place and all have their challenges for the in place in which you work and the people of God you are family with. I wonder which one of these three would you put at the top of your priority list, priority in your walk with God?
To be effective in your call there will be a process of growing in ministry, to be fully involved in the growing there are fundamental vital aspects that will need to be grappled with and fully grasped with both hands, I will attempt to out line what I have noticed over the last 40 years of my Christ like walk to become like Christ in every way.
There will be a need to grow and develop a burden, this is not a whimsical thought or one that changes with fashion or fad of the church, but one that overwhelms and keeps us on course. A burden is an old term yet a requirement, it is that, which as you process on ward you actually experience the weight of carrying it in prayer, heart and thought. It is a burden, it something you cannot put aside but it fills your day, it fills your thinking, it fills you desire and is all-embracing. Although it is a ‘Burden of the Lord’ it is light to the soul yet it is that which governs you, it is greater than vision as it becomes your life.
It is that which God entrusts you with, it is the will of God for your destiny.
Along with the burden must come a ‘Zeal of Conviction‘ a passion, a zeal that fires you up and keeps you burning, a zeal around the conviction of truth, a zeal around the Christ of God. This zeal is what will put one foot in front of another when objections come. It is this zeal that will get you to leave your homeland, your comfort zone and move towards the burden. It is that which keeps you running, this zeal, that is like a fire deep inside you, will not let you go or you will not let it go. It is what Paul said “I lay hold of that which has laid hold of me”
There comes to each of us the necessity to grow in the burden and respond to our zeal by being able to communicate to the average, learning that we must add skill to ourselves to be able to communicate to the average person in the streets of life. Why you ask simple put in-order that they
Understand the principle
See the application
Move on conviction
So that burden comes to life in the lives of others as well as you.
That we become Simple. Clear. Relevant. Practical
A call will ask of each of us to give ourselves whole heartedly to people, as a friend, as a councillor, as an example. Unreservedly being hospitable, learning the skills to be social to be able to love people and be over joyed in it.
Many long for anointing, many look and run to the anointing but the grace and anointing moves with those who are spirit-sensitive and sensitivity too changes in the anointing. Knowing on the inner life as the goodness of God moves and ebbs and flows. This cannot be put in notes but it can be caught. To be one who knows and sees the moving of the Holy Spirit, knowing that seasons and moods are to there to be caught and demonstrated to all. Learning in the burden what it is to sense God. To Knowing when to teach, proclaim the prophetic and when to reach out.
Prepared at all times for the supernatural, expectant in every place even the place you least expect, develop a life of continuous conversation with the Father, inspired to move towards the supernatural. Become sensitive to the presence of God in the heart and make things happen.
Develop a mind that is clutter free and free of negatives, along side that to be free of personal pressures
Become men and women of burden that are freely receiving grace, the grace that God is giving so much that we enjoy the grace, living in it and through it, grace in our life flow.