Sun am 10 January 2010 – Kobus Swart
Rom 4:2-5 (Message Bible); Eph 2:6; 1 Peter 2:24; Matt.11:11; John 3:1-3;
1 Kings 18:21; Rev. 3:16; (Matt. 13:44)
(A God Story – Jean Labuschagne): If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.” If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it–you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked–well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift. (Rom 4:2-5 The Message Bible)
Kobus Swart: All of us are always in transition until the perfect has come. We are on various levels of transition to maturity and perfection. We must, however, adopt God’s viewpoint. God views everything from the finished position. God views everything as if it is past tense. He sees us “seated with Him in heavenly places” (Eph 2:6). The apostle also says, by His stripes we were healed. Look through the eyes of the finished works; it will absolutely inspire your faith. Many of us had huge disappointments, have had disillusionments. I don’t know if it is possible to get to the place of perfection without going through disappointments and disillusionments.
John the Baptist had a specific mandate to make straight the way of the Lord and to prophesy “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven has come.” He walked faithfully in this mandate. But then he was given the opportunity to make the transition and become a part of the new season with Christ. Jesus described as follows: “Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (Matt. 11:11). He was the greatest in the prophetic line yet he failed to transition into the Kingdom. In order to make this transition we must become like a child. John had the privilege to upgrade and move on (like some of his own disciples did!) in the new expression of the Kingdom, but did not. He sadly lost his head (see: “headship”) soon afterwards. The same fate awaits many ministries and movements who did have a specific mandate from God, but then fail to recognize the changing of seasons!
I bless this house to see this as a year (and decade) of upgrade and transitioning. Some of you are in the middle of a transition and it is painful to be there; you hold on to yesterday but you want tomorrow. I bless you to stop hanging between the old and the new. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth (Rev 3:16). You have a greater chance to be impacted when you are cold than when you are lukewarm. Many lukewarm people are religious and go through the motions and think they are fine. Stop being a just a Church-goer, make the transition, become a son in the house, an arrow in the quiver; become a weight carrier.
Don’t just be impressed by the pearl of great prize; buy the whole field! (Matt. 13:44).