Occupy Till I Come
Jesus is the prototype of the Spirit-filled life. The book of Acts is the Disciples of Christ receiving what Jesus received to do what He did. Acts 10:38. Acts 1:8 is the key to not only the book of Acts but the Christian life. It tells of the transforming intent of the power of the Spirit Baptism and then directs us where to apply that power. You can tell how much the church is living the Spirit-filled life by seeing the change in the geographical areas assigned to it.
Jesus-Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world.” Acts directs the order of where and how to go. Acts 1:8 w/ Mark 16 is our mission statement. So the whole purpose of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is to equip the church for ministry, the Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1) To advance the Kingdom of God to include all things. Matthew 10:7-8. Matthew 11:12.
2) To put down rebellion. 1 John 3:8.
3) To redeem fallen man. Mark 16:15-20.
Once you know the overall objective of the kingdom. 2 Timothy 1:6-7. You must periodically examine yourself and your activities. 2 Cor. 13:5. “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?-Unless indeed you are disqualified.” This will require a complete change in what you do. And this is the issue for most Christians today. They don’t want to change. They are satisfied with no one getting saved, no one getting discipled, lack of power in their life. They are comfortable where they are. So when the Bible is read or preached in power it is a nice theology but not relevant to their mindset. 2 Timothy 3-4-5.
The American church today has become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof or they have become religious. They do religious things, they pray because it is right to pray, they go to church and some even give their money, but still no power. No change. When we the church decide to change we will become kingdom minded. Matthew 6:33. Now all of a sudden I begin to ask myself some questions:
1) Is what I’m doing in alignment with the objectives of the kingdom?
2) Is what I’m doing affecting the kingdom positively or negatively?
3) Is what I’m doing advancing the kingdom are causing it to regress.
Kingdom minded Christians operate by principle:
1) The New Testament is our principle. Who we are, what we have, what we can do.
2) The Great Commandment.
3) One like it. Matthew 22:36-40.
4) The golden rule. Matthew 7:12.
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit is the person and power that relates us to be operating by principle.
John 16:13. “When he the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on his own but will speak whatever he hears and he will declare to you things to come.”
John 14:26. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Closing: occupy-do business until Jesus comes. Luke 19:13.
One statement that does not set right with me. “I’m too busy.” Call on God-what if He says I’m too busy? We must know our responsibility and our duties. Basically we are God’s policeman or soldiers to fix anything that does not line up with God’s will. Our prayer mandate is “on earth as it is in heaven.” This is the prime objective, the purpose, the focus, the normalcy of the Spirit-filled Christian’s life. We are to stay busy with kingdom work. Luke 19:11-27. As Christians we need to be faithful to the responsibilities given to us. When we use what was entrusted to us (gifts, fruit, power, authority), when we occupy we get greater opportunities and greater results. When we neglect our responsibilities, we lose our opportunities and that what was entrusted to us is lost or dormant. It’s not a loss of our salvation or justification, but a loss of our rewards for accepting the responsibility to occupy until Jesus comes back. It’s a loss of joy reflecting the remorse of lost opportunities.