Hello Friends, welcome to Sunday2Monday. The place where we say it again! As my pastor says: Repetition brings revelation!
Pastor Lynn had a sermon burning in his heart this week. I hope we took home what he was revealing. It was eye opening for sure! He needed us to hear the rest of the gospel story. He needed us to know what we are destined for.
He opened with a story about shingling the roof. Pastor Lynn has 7 children and when you have that many, you have a workforce. He told a story of how he would get these visions in his heart to make a house better. They would move in and much work would need to be done. Many times that work was shingling the roof. As parents, we see things our kids can’t see, we understand what is happening and why we are doing what we are doing but kids they don’t get it. They often do not have the big picture in mind but they have been given a task within the framework of the picture. We try to get them to focus on the task, to do the next step like give me another shingle or get another bag of shingles when the bag is empty. Often they end up standing there. They get distracted by the birds. They lose track of what they are doing and we have to tell them over and over again what to do. We end up spelling out every little step or worst they just give up and quit. We, like children, don’t often connect the dots either. Our Father God has asked us to do certain things. He has asked us to be faithful with another man’s things. Pastor Lynn broke out of his story to tell us the 3 levels of faithfulness.
The Levels of Faithfulness
- Be faithful with another man’s things: To manage well what someone has given you to do. They ask and you do what has been asked of you.
- Be faithful over a little: To lead well what has been given to you to lead. It’s yours to run, so run it well.
- Faithful over much: To become lord ( example: CEO, Senior Pastor, Boss) over the whole thing. You are the organizational head. You have been trusted with little and are now given trust over much.
The big picture for us as Christians is to become like Christ. We have to break off of ourselves the spirit of quitting! We can not be like children who don’t see the big picture. We can not get distracted and leave our post. Pastor Lynn cautioned us not to be a people who have no stamina, no endurance, no resolve, no ability to go the distance. God wants to enlarge our capacity to stick with what He has asked of us. We must understand the importance of our task, no matter how menial we might think it is. We have to start connecting the dots of the bigger picture to our day to day lives.
One of the areas we fail to see the big picture is prayer. We give up if we do not get a now answer. If it doesn’t happen on our timetable, we move on. Pastor Lynn said, “A failure to continue in prayer is a lack of faith in the integrity of God’s Word.” You could feel the room sink down into their chairs as each person came to the realization that they haven’t believed God for answers and they know they have given up on prayer many times. We say that we believe but then if we don’t get that now answer or the result in a quick fashion, we quit! Pastor Lynn said, “we have an adversary who watches our reactions. He observes our habits and how easily we give up!” He went on to say that we are to be spiritual thermostats. We must become prophetic declarers of God’s Word. The Word is a hammer that brings down strongholds. It’s time to leave the wilderness lifestyle! We have to stop giving up on God and giving up in prayer.
John 14:1-3 Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
Here’s where it started to get really good. Pastor Lynn pointed out in this verse about there being many rooms or as in the KJV, many mansions. He said that we can not take what Jesus says and naturalize it. When the Lord brings us revelation and we interpret it in our natural understanding we get a wrong application and short-term interest. The translators of the KJV used the term many mansions and so through history we have sung songs about living in big houses in heaven but Jesus was saying something more here. He wasn’t just saying “in my Father’s house are many rooms” as in close proximity to God. He was saying, I am going to ascend to heaven to bring you close to God but more than that I am going to prepare a place for you of authority and power. It is a position in Christ that has been given to us. We are no longer insecure and powerless. Jesus has secured a place of power and authority for us. When we understand this it changes our thinking. Heaven is not about upsizing your earthly life. It’s knowing there is room for you, there is a position and a place of authority for you! It’s not about someday when I get to heaven, it’s about my day to day life now. I am being trained to reign, right here and right now! – Tweet That!
The Rest Of The Story
Christ Jesus, the Son of God. He was the Lord of Heaven and Earth who came to earth in a flesh suit and lived life as a man. Fully God and Fully man. He lived a sinless life. He was accused, beaten, and crucified. He died to save us from our sins. He died as us and in our place. He was in the grave for 3 days and He rose again but that is not the end of the gospel. The rest of the story is that Jesus returns to Heaven as the Son of Man. For the first time in human history, a man stands in the presence of God’s holy light and reflects back that same holy light. God said to Jesus sit here on my right hand. Jesus took the throne as a member of the church. His Majesty is a shared glory. His victory is our victory! We are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus! Can you comprehend it?
1 Cor 2:9-11 But, as it is written,“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
We have to connect the dots to who we are! When are you going to become who you are? You will know the moment you realize what you are destined for! Prepare now! Begin to carry your heart for growth capacity. You are not called to kill time while you are here. You are called to be kings and priests. We are destined for the throne!
Thanks for Listening,