Galatians 5:22 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
How can today’s church reach the lost, and more directly, the lost who have everything in worldly riches. The lack of impact on our culture by the Church in the western world (Europe and the USA) is poster child material for what we are not getting done. I live and work in the place where this is most prevalent, so it is most on my mind more times than not.
I was given Holy Ghost insight on how it happened in my own life and in the lives of so many I know. It is also how those in the first century reached the world in which they lived. We can really learn how to do things today by taking some of the lessons of those who have gone ahead of us. Have you learned from those who have gone before you? And the lessons could be what to do or what not to do!
We are familiar with the (9) gifts of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25). We think they are only for edification only inside the local assembly. Certainly that is a great place to have them flow. To reach the lost up and outer it is going to take activation one on one with people who are hungry for more of something real when they are Discontented, Troubled, In distress, or even uncertain.
It takes all NINE of the gifts flowing freely (not just the easy ones) to reach these people.
Counterfeit gifts have displaced the genuine everywhere. If we are going to build the Kingdom, we will need the genuine. Unfortunately, many who are good at the church game are as counterfeit as the psychic down the street or the quack who claims to heal with crystals. Con games are played everywhere, and some in the name of Jesus. Ministers taking the name of the Lord in vain: Does anyone need some Water blessed by Reverend so and so?? I see it advertised on “Christian” TV. I’m sure he can turn the tap on once more if you need some. Right here is where the hundred dollar line starts. With these kinds of antics happening the message of Christ in being misrepresensented.
Point to ponder- We need less of the Counterfeit and more of the Genuine. Those who are effective at reaching the lost using all (9) Gifts of the Spirit are fewer than you might imagine. Hope today’s message sparks your Heart, and also hope you have a great day!
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.