Friday, 21 April 2017
Every Christian is an evangelist. Every Christian is a prayer warrior. Everyday is a mission trip. Everywhere is the mission field. And every follower of Christ is a missionary. We don’t have to go far…
On 31 October 2011, a Christian dressed himself up as Jesus. He went with a group of friends to walk around the streets of Singapore. When curious people asked him about his costume, his response was, “I am Jesus. Can I pray for you?”
The above is an interesting example of how someone represented Christ on earth by walking the streets and bringing God’s supernatural goodness on a night when most Christians would just shake their heads and stay away.
In his book ‘Presence-Driven Donkeys’ – Bringing Christ to the Streets, Jeff Yuen (JY) wrote:
“Ministry has to be about introducing people to JESUS, rather than just to the church.” (Page 18)
JY said: When people experience the church without first experiencing JESUS, it is our failure. Unquote.
To me, ministry is doing everything, everywhere and every moment in His presence. Someone said that ministry flows out of being, not out of doing. That would mean ministry flows out of our presence with JESUS - the very thing that distinguished the ministry of the early disciples.
What makes you and I (ordinary people) extraordinary?
It depends on whose presence we have been spending time in and whom we have been keeping company with.
Dear Father God,
Thank You for an amazing lesson this morning. Teach us how to bring people to encounter You. My everyday mission is to ‘take JESUS out’ – to saturate every place with His presence.
Let us not be driven by methods centred on programs. Let us be driven by Your presence instead.
Help us to be self-disciplined - we must allocate enough time to soak in Your presence, feed on Your Word, drink and be filled with Your Spirit.
Let us develop a presence-driven culture. Let everyday be church when the Gospel is preached. Let every place be the church where the atmosphere is filled with the presence of God.
Yes! Thy Kingdom come! Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven!
Lam Yee Ling