Imagine for a few minutes with me, if you will.
Imagine if every Christian did what they were created to do. If every disciple of Christ followed so completely the life path plotted specifically for him or her by the all-knowing God. If each servant were so in tune with God’s heart that selfish motives, worthless pursuits, worldly ambitions simply vanished. Crowded out by the very character of God, invited and allowed to inhabit His people, until there would be no room for anything else.
No thought to what others would think.
No endless nights spent contemplating the why or the how.
No embarrassment or self-consciousness.
Nothing but straight forward obedience.
What would that even look like in today’s world?
The factory worker, the school nurse, the drug store cashier, the bank executive, the pastor, the surgeon—each living a life so in touch with the Father that every moment was about ministry. The salesman, the athlete, the police chief, the lawyer, the missionary, the author—each with a life and faith so molded together that no line distinguished between living and ministry. Every disciple more concerned with being who God wanted him to be, with doing what God wanted her to do, that nothing else mattered.
Just imagine how this would change how we do church.
A pastor before his congregation, literally on his face at the feet of God seeking only to be His vessel. So empowered to speak the word of the Lord that he delivers with absolute freedom and humble confidence that very message no matter how unpopular… or controversial… or unpleasant it may be.
The worship leader, the praise team, the soloists all bowed in prayer, seeking the anointing of the Lord, calling on His name alone, in the moments before His service begins. Again, no misaligned motives, no false ambitions, no faithless missions ….. nothing but Spirit-led pursuits.
Parishioners, one and all, expressing his sacrifice of praise or her act of worship in complete freedom, not concerned with man’s appraisal or blessing, criticism or review. Lifting hands, hearts, voices in praise, worship, and adoration. Reaching for and touching the very hem of His garment in true, life-changing worship.
Servants responding to God’s voice, His intimate leading—no matter where they are seated, no matter who’s watching, no matter the depth of the call—with not one thought to how anyone but the everlasting God will judge them. Being obedient to the Spirit’s call regardless of what such obedience asks of them. Whatever it may be. Praying with or seeking forgiveness from a fellow congregant. Bowing before the Almighty at a point in the service not designated for such behavior. Embarking on a change in vocation that will rock their world. Whatever it may be—settling for nothing less than total and complete obedience.
Imagine if ideas large and small could be trusted because concern that self-gratification or hot-headed impulsiveness or incompetent notions provide the guiding force would be virtually nonexistent. Just think if every God-inspired idea received the effort and attention it deserved. No missing the boat. No neglected opportunities. No need for do-overs. Just imagine the possibilities.
What about free will? It would still exist but seldom—rarely even—would it contradict the calling and the very purpose of the Almighty God. Why? Because His all-consuming Spirit would so indwell each servant, creating not only the perfect union of faith and trust, commitment and power, but the most fertile soil for obedience.
With abandon the saints would march on. Not reckless abandon—without a plan or purpose. But rather an abandon controlled by and filled to over flowing with Spirit-led confidence. An abandon free of nagging doubts, needless worry. An abandon empowered by God himself.
Oh, that our world—our hurting, confused, misguided world—could experience such a manifestation of God’s people being God’s people.
Oh, God, I want to be so in tune with you each moment of each day that every minute of my life is about being Jesus, about doing His will.
I implore your SPIRIT to so fill me that hour by hour there is less of me and more, so much more of You.
As I seek to fully know and live your plan for my life, remind me of the necessity of being in touch moment by moment with You, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.
Make me, oh, God, into the servant-minded instrument you desire me to be.
May I live to worship YOU.
May YOU be the very air that I breathe.