October 5, 2018
God wants us to become doers of His word, but not for the sake of our personal lives, but for our corporate life. Because as members of the body, the mouth, arms, and others don’t work for themselves. Every member does something for the advancement of the whole body. The same goes for us as members of the body of Christ. When we become doers of His word, the local church (His body) will become stronger and able to do God’s will optimally!
So, we must deeply embed this and always remember: God wants us to become doers of His word for His body. We could become strong and healthy in all aspects so we could become optimal and resourceful for the body of Christ!
Therefore, stay enthusiastic in building our inner man (meditating and declaring His word).
1. Remember that our spiritual brothers need the power that flows within our inner man.
2. Remember that our spiritual brothers need the word that proceeds from our mouth.
3. Remember the purpose of the word and Spirit that brings us to become victorious in all aspects: so we could become more and more available, functional, and maximal in doing God’s will in the accurately-built local church.
When all of us have such mindset as the body of Christ, we are fulfilling the written word in Philippians 2:1-11 :
“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (NASB)
For so long, we are living for ourselves, prioritizing our own interests, focused in pursuing our own ambition and dreams. But now is the time for us to live for the advancement of our brothers – we focus in doing God’s will. If this heart attitude keeps growing in the congregation, I believe that God will lift our local church to influence other churches. God will even lift us to bring impact and progress for the future of our cities and nation!
I realize more and more that Holy Spirit is leading us to become ‘selfless’ in all aspects of our life. Because He will lift us as models of the true Christian life and accurate corporate living!
The world will keep teaching and molding men to become selfish and to pursue their own ambitions (which becomes the source of decline). On the other hand, God’s church is rising in Spirit power to prioritize the interest of others, and to focus in doing God’s will. And when the body of Christ matures, God will restore everything on this earth through His church! #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus