October 3, 2018
If we want to achieve our personal dream, success and personal ambition, actually we don’t need faith, even I can say that you don’t ‘need God’ to reach it all (many people were succeed without God). All you need is just hard work, perseverance, and sharpened potential. If we do that, definitely we would be successful. The way to get success is not difficult.
Because there are so many successful people who are ready to become mentors and share their life stories with those of us who want to be success. We just need to follow, then success is in our hand! But the problem is, God didn’t set us to be a successful man individually! That does not mean that God doesn’t want us to be happy or God is jealous to see our happiness, but there is an eternal plan of God for us that is far greater than just personal success.
The eternal plan of God in this end times is : raising up the accurate God’s church and manifests the ministry of the Body of Christ through the community of believers who inherit one spirit, one destiny and one agenda of spiritual father who carries the divine pattern (Isaiah 2, 60,61; Revelation 2 & 3; Acts 2:16-18). Whether we like it or not, we have to face this spiritual fact: in this end times, God moves and restores everything through His church
Therefore, God was very interested to speak to His church in the book of Revelation; because the restoration must begins through His church! The church should be built according to the pattern and agenda of the Kingdom of God!! If we are in the opposite side and contrary to God’s agenda, then we are automatically are outside from the agenda of the Kingdom of God. For me, this is the poorest life for human, which is living outside from the eternal plan of his Creator!
Therefore, for those of us who have found an accurate church, it’s good for us to make decision to be planted, rooted, grow and bear fruits there (this requires God and faith). And don’t forget to kill/remove/cast every ambitions, dreams, the right to be respected, praised, and various other egos that have potential conflict in our life (this is the part when we need God and faith).
For those who have inner conflict would be difficult to unite and function in the local church! Because only ‘dead man’ that can be rise up to become one in the ministry of the Body of Christ!
John 12:24-25 (NKJV) Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Maybe a question appears in our mind: what’s the advantage for us personally when we throw away our personal ambitions and unity into the agenda of the Kingdom of Heaven? That question indicates that we are not dead yet!
Because if you are still considering profit and loss in following God’s will, that means we don’t understand/don’t know the God’s eternal plan yet. Do you know that, when God chose us to be in the accurate local church, then planted, grow and function, it’s all because of His grace and sovereignty!! It’s not because of our kindness, but solely of God’s grace. Because we cannot choose ourselves! Only God has the right to choose us. So all of this is an honor and grace for us from the King of kings.
Simply, it is AN PRIVILEGE for us to be chosen by God, what other privilege/advantages are we still looking for? Isn’t it more appropriate if we thank Him who gives us the opportunity to work in His Kingdom?? It is weird if we feel heavy burden, sad, and tear down because we left our personal ambitions!! Should we not rejoice when we were chosen by the King? This is our opportunity to work/ function on the most superior Kingdom agenda, namely the Kingdom of Heaven.
So our part is simple, we don’t need to hold our personal ambitions, dreams and every ‘pride or ego’ or other reluctant heart! Just follow Jesus, which joyfully and voluntarily He became a servant and obey until He died on the cross! Even Jesus as God didn’t hold His existence as God who can do anything to escape from the cross that He must face, He shown obedience to the Father in heaven (Phil 2:5-8). Does it make sense when we (which are ‘not God’) keep holding on to something that is actually not comparable to the honor of functioning in the Kingdom of Heaven??
This is the time for us to empty ourselves from every ego and ambition, then fill ourselves fully with His Word and with all His miraculous plans for His church on this earth!! Thus the Lord will lift us together as His church to rule over the nations and overcome/conquer the world system!! Yes, this would happen only by OUR FAITH as one Body of Christ, not faith in an individualistic context!
1 John 5:3-4 (NKJV) For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.
Ps. Steven Agustinus