Multiplication through Humility

In Philippians 1:6 the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Philippi, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

For those who participated in the Reset prayer book to kickoff 2018 you may recall the focus on Day 10 to #PrayRead the scriptures. There is power in approaching the scriptures in this way to pray promises from the Word of God over our each of our families, the church family, and those that live within our community. The author, Bob Sorge, noted the following verses from Colossians as a great example to use for prayer for specific people in our lives. “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;

Pastor Matt has led us deeper into the Word this year and directed our focus within the Gospels. Within these books of the Bible, Jesus taught His disciples through the use of parables. One parable that recently spoke to me was the Parable of the Mustard seed as mentioned in Mark 4. The disciples have asked Jesus to what they should compare the kingdom of God to. Jesus replies that it is like a mustard seed. What is Jesus trying to tell us here? The kingdom of God grows through the selfless decision when a person chooses Jesus Christ. A mustard seed could be depicted as each one of us–rather small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. One just needs to look up in the night sky on a clear evening for a few minutes to get a larger perspective; to have a renewed sense of awe & wonder of the glorious power of the Father, and with humility, bow before Him. How amazing it is that God chooses to work through us to bring forth His Kingdom here on earth! The Father leans into us at all times. The apostle Paul eluded to this while standing in the midst of Mars’ Hill in Acts 17, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being...”

Who is Jesus, and what will I do with Him? is a question that all of us will face. The apostle Paul, at the time named Saul, faced this question on the road to Damascus. Through the story of Paul and those around us today, we can see the waves that are created when one man or one woman makes the conscious decision to set aside the things of this world to focus on those things that are above when they choose Jesus. It is an act of multiplication through humility. Just as the mustard seed knows what it is, so can we come to know who we are in Christ, blossom as the Spirit pours into us, and display His glory and power to those around us.

I pray that each of us will become animated in the spirit and experience an acceleration in our desire to walk intimately with the Father, where we allow Him to mold and fashion us to display His glory.
Shawn Moshier