04 May 2014

The measure of dedication

In the book of Judges there is a story of a man named Gideon. Once the Angel of the Lord came and greeted him: «The Lord is with you, mighty warrior! ». Gideon replied: «but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about..? » (Judges 6:11-13).

It seems nowadays many believers ask themselves the same question: «Where is what God has promised to us? Where Are God's answers, all His wonders, His power and glory in us - why people, whom we invite to the church, never listen and the persuasion that people can change is dying?» The senior pastor of «Philadelphia» church, Izhevsk, answered this question on May, 4th.

We often think of the revival and probably many people remember and recall Solomon's words: «Humbleness leads to glory». Many people think that's enough. But humbleness needs dedication - only dedicated person is able «to wake people up for God» - the pastor noticed. Looking at the story of Christ's life we can see He has taught to be humble. «Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart» (Matthew 11:29). He also told He has been doing exactly what His Father has told Him. That's the meaning of being humble - to accept God's rights on your life. Dedication is based on humbleness, it is based on understanding of what you a called for. If you ask why Christ service was that effective but short-termed, you'll find an answer in one of His last prayer: «For them I sanctify myself» (John 17:19). Christ has won due to being sanctified for God's plan. What is dedication? It is pretty clear: just the way people dedicate their time for some things, the same way we can dedicate ourselves to God by detaching our time, strength, experience and skills. The deeper dedication is, the stronger Holy Spirit is in our lives.

God needs dedicated people, our time and efforts. Just how He sanctified Himself for us, being loyal till the very death - martyr's death; so being His messengers, we are to sanctify ourselves for other people, who are unaware of His nearness. 



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