But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law (Galatians 4:4)
What does it mean to be influential in the Kingdom of God? These next few devotional thoughts will focus on the who, when, what, where, why and how of being an influencer in Christ!
When the risen Jesus shows up in the midst of the disciples’ meeting place and freaks them out, He shows them the nail scars in His hands and feet, and His physical body as proof. He explains to them how this is all he fulfillment of Scripture, that He should suffer and give His life, then be restored on the third day. He then tells the disciples that they are witnesses of these things in order to preach repentance and and forgiveness of sins, but they must wait until He sends the Holy Spirit upon them to empower them!
The word “repent” carries the notion of turning; turning from something as well as turning to something. One application of repentance is waiting, stopping, turning, and waiting for the Lord to equip and send us rather than jumping in when we desire to! When Jesus tells the disciples that they are witnesses to His resurrection and fulfillment of Scripture, He tells them where to start and what to preach, but also to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit to come upon them. We’ve all been called to be witnesses (influencers) of the Gospel in our lives, but in order to do it, we need supernatural help from God!
“Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the Heavens. Behold, as the eyes of a servant look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has mercy on us!” (Psalm 123:1-2) Did you catch it? The psalmist is saying, the same way people look with dependance and expectation to their superiors, how hungry children look to their parents, the people of God should turn and look to Him in dependent reliance. We need to trust that He will equip us to carry out the ministry He’s called us to.
- We’ve been given undeniable proof of Jesus’ identity as the Son of God (His resurrection, His fulfillment of Scripture, the apostles’ witness) and commissioned to proclaim that Truth, but we have to wait, and turn to the One who commissioned us for guidance, power, wisdom and grace. In our calling as influencers for the Kingdom, we have to remember that it’s “for the Kingdom!” Being an influencer doesn’t mean calling the shots and doing things when we feel like it, but waiting and turning to Christ with open hands.
Behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on High. (Luke 24:49)