Series: Other Speakers
Sun am 26 February 2012 – Sam Festus
Eph. 1:4; Psa. 139:13-16; Eph. 2:10; 2 Tim. 1:9; Eph. 4:15; Rom. 4:1 (Msg)
Right now you and I have a job to do in the earth. He chose us in Him before the foundation of the earth (Eph. 1:4). He chose us before Eden, He chose us before we were born and before the universe was established. You and I are not an accident or a mistake. We were not chosen randomly or loosely where we were doing our own thing, but we were chosen in Him.
The gospel of separation says we are separated from God by our sin. A lot of emphasis has been laid on that, but the word we should be preaching is the gospel of reconciliation. It is in Him that you and I are going to come to our true potential in Christ.
If we function in a “catch up” mentality, we are wasting our time. God says something; we feel we are “catching up” to it. We cannot catch up, we must believe! Today! Now! You are in Christ, you are part of Him. It is in Him that everything happens. We are never really outside of God. We choose to distance ourselves from God, not necessarily by a conscious decision, but by what we do, by how we act, and how we react, the way we think. He chose us, we did not choose Him. You are defined by the fact that God has chosen you. You are not defined by your circumstances, the colour of your skin or where you come from. He has not chosen you with the hope that you will make it. He has taken full responsibility for your eventual complete success. Because he has chosen you it does not mean you can do whatever you like. It is important that you spend quality time with Him. The choosing is one part but you need to start living out your life as a representation of Christ in the earth. You are in Him but you can easily distance yourself from Him by your actions and things you do.
In meditation sit down in a quiet space and allow the Holy Spirit to saturate your consciousness, saturate your being, so that you can know without a doubt that you are in Him. He fills you with the energy to carry out the task He has called you to do. In meditation it is an opportunity to be only you and God. It is in that time of meditation that you come to realize who you really are in Christ.
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them (Ps. 139:13-16).My biography was written even before I was born. If He has foreordained the works I should walk in and if He foreordained how my life should be, why am I where I am today? You and I are approaching this Word about being in Him with a separation mentality. The Bible says we are joint heirs with Christ; we are sons and Jesus is the First Born. We have one Father. If you are a son then Jesus is your brother. You cannot be in Him and be something else.
It is important that we understand that we are in Him. He has chosen us and created us. He has formed us, He has written down what we are going to be doing. He has planned our lives for us. If it is not happening for us, it is because we are trying to catch up with what He said. You and I cannot function outside/separate of Christ. We need to have the confession that we are in Christ. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Eph. 2:10). Our job is not to do them, but to walk in them. He has called us to be blameless and holy before Him. It comes about because He planned it before the foundation of the earth that we should be blameless and holy.
Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity (2 Tim. 1:9). Who has saved us? Who has called us with a holy calling? It’s not about what you do, it’s about knowing what His purpose is and walking in that. He has not only given us purpose, but He has given us grace. The environment to become all He has called us to be, is found in Him.
So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at things? 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” (Rom. 4:1-3Msg). Let God do it. All you have to do is enter into what God is doing. There is no arrogance in this; you just have a part to play.
Learn to spend time with God. It is not a time to prescribe to God what we want to do, but a time to enter into what God is doing.