17th December, 2017
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Hymn of meditation: PH 110
A Branch so fair, has blossomed; from tender parent stem,
Out of the rod of Jesse; as told by godly men,
And brought a flow’r so bright; Well in the midst of winter
And darkness of the night.
Back in the Old Testament, we saw God calling men for particular assignments; but even during creation, after ordering everything into being, He needed someone to till the land and continue to maintain it in His stead, so He created man into the Garden of Eden. Man (Adam) gave no excuses to refrain from doing the work assigned to him but accepted the responsibility and performed it unlike in the case of Moses (Exodus 3:11). Gideon is also a typical example of a man who tried to shy away from God’s call.
God’s intent for calling people has always been to just have a representation on earth through whom He can operate in the midst of men. All He expects is for us to avail ourselves. In all the examples of people like Moses, Jonah, Gideon etc., when they finally yielded, God used them to perfection.
As we have believed in Christ Jesus as our Saviour, the anointing is upon us, the Holy Spirit dwells within us with the mission to empower us for service. No matter the capacity, small or great, chairpersons or cleaners, we have been called to offer specific services to God.
The God, who knows everything, has power over everything and foresees the end from the beginning saw today and realized he needs you to work in a particular area. There is a lot of negativity around us in these last days and we have the mandate as anointed sons and daughters to cause a change. The book of Acts illustrates to us how the men of God, the Apostles yielded to the rulings and dictates of the Holy Spirit in a perverse society to make Christ known to all. The anointing put them to work. There is enough work for all to do – Avail yourself totally – The choice is yours!
God has poured the Spirit upon all flesh, not to a selected few in these last days. Going back into the Presbyterian calendar, it is no wonder that the focus has been on the Holy Spirit for the past seven years, an indication of the fact that we are in the last days and that the Spirit has come to anoint us for service and work… 2010: Empowered by the Holy Spirit; 2011: The Holy Spirit and the believer; 2012: The gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Church today; 2013: The fruit of the Spirit and the believer; 2014: Be filled with the Holy Spirit; 2015: Anointing of the Holy Spirit; 2016: When the Holy Spirit moves.
The Holy Spirit is moving within us in these last days to equip us to work. The only way we can be fruitful is by applying our hands to work. We have a social responsibility to service even our very surroundings and environs, to maintain and keep it. We are expected to serve mankind in humility as we prepare to meet the Lord.
The Bible continually cautions us in the book of Revelation that “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the church”. The choice is ours – will you avail yourself to honour the call to serve? We have an added advantage of the backing and move of the Holy Spirit to effectively do this service, but we need to yield ourselves. The Lord, our example, chose to do good everywhere He went, setting the pace for us to do same as we wait on His return.
The one sure way we can succeed is to have the Holy Spirit working through us. Determine to have a stable relationship with the Holy Spirit always for He who has called us is faithful to fulfill ‘His end of the deal’ to help and lead us at all times. May we yield to Him and to His service.