Take It To The Streets!
April 13, 2017
Mat 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Before there were bible colleges and PhDs or pulpits, padded pews and fancy buildings there was just ministry. We have become so trapped in the trappings of Christianity that we cannot function outside of the confines of those things. We need to take it to the streets! The lost sheep Christ died for are outside of the walls of our churches. True, there are some lost souls inside, but the bulk of them are outside. They will not come in unless we leave the comfort of our pews and go outside to show them the love of Christ and through the Holy Spirit compel them to come in.
Our nation is full of people dying without Christ. We worry so much about the ballot box, but unbelievers will vote for unrighteous things. Yea, even some who name His name support unrighteous issues so why are we so stunned? When there is a revival among God’s people and they fall in love with Him again they will know His heart and will return to the streets to win people to Christ for that is our mission.
After they are saved, we are to love and disciple them so that they know right from wrong and to hear His voice. When people are changed, families change and when families change communities change and communities change governments change and finally nations change. We have done it all backward.
We have all the power from Him and we have the personnel. The problem is that we are not working as we should. There is no retirement from ministry for the child of God. Indeed, when we retire from “secular” work we should be working full time for the Lord albeit that has always been our full-time job while the paycheck from our careers provided funds our ministry. Too many have retired from the Lord’s work content to have the youngin’s take over. That is not biblical. We are all priests in the Kingdom and the priests became managers and trainers when they hit fifty, but they served until they died. We have also failed in training our young people so they are not taking over. If all over fifty were to quit the work many churches would die. For some churches, that would be a good thing.
During ministry in the church is a great thing, but you are not at the church 24/7. Your ministry is really outside of those four to six hours a week that you might be within the walls. All of God’s people are on call 24/7, not just the paid staff. Your community needs volunteers in many, many areas. The Body of Christ should be filling those needs for the Body of Community. How better to be salt and light? When Christians are everywhere, the unbelievers will start to believe they actually care about more than going to Heaven. When they see love all around the community, they will be affected by that and hopefully thirst for it. When our children see their parents and grandparents living out their faith, not just warming a pew, singing a few songs and writing a check they will see more of what Christ meant for their lives.
Why do we pray for power and the gifts of the Spirit, if we are not going to use that power out in the streets? Do we want them just to put on our heart’s mantle like a trophy or to wear them on our chests like medals for all to see and brag on us?
Act 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
They did not just speak it in the place where they were gathered. They took it to the streets. They practiced the Great Commission. Indeed, in the early days of this country people disliked Baptists because they “always had a Scripture to cast into your teeth.” I do not know if that complaint was because it brought conviction or because the truth was not presented in love. Since we are to be speaking the truth in love all Christians, especially Pentecostal folks should be known for bringing Scripture to bear when the opportunity arises and the more we speak with our acts of love the more they will hear the words of truth spoken in love.
Church is a gathering of the family to receive training to do the work of the ministry. We are there to be recharged and rejuvenated for the coming week by the worship, word. and fellowship to go out and minister. We are to sit and soak in the power, not sit, soak and sour. Get the power and take it to the Street! You sit at His feet so you can take Him to the street. If we are the Body, then we should be in the streets where He ministered more than He did in the temple. Maranatha!