“Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:1-2, NKJV).
I believe God’s plan for us is multiplication, not simply addition; to thrive, rather than merely survive. His plan takes place on multiple levels. It involves operating according to the manual – the Bible – with Jesus as our only example available to show us just what it is to continue what He set out to do.
A subject of meditation for me; one that I have carried for a long time is that the ceiling of my life should be my children’s floor. Growth is not merely personal, it is also familial and corporate, but it is something only God can do as I continually, boldly pursue His presence in my life.
When we study Jesus, we see that His plan was multiplication from the start. If we study His methods, we will easily find that His methodology was often very different from that of many Christians, ministers or denominations today, particularly regarding how we disciple or train other believers.
Luke 9 is an amazing chapter. It begins with Jesus sending out the 12, with power for ministry. Jesus’ ministry on earth was only 3 years. Interestingly today, most seminaries are at least that long and teach little or nothing of the supernatural, other than giving an occasional honorable mention of the miracles, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the like. By extension, pastors are taught to largely avoid these subjects because they simply cannot be explained, or they make people uncomfortable. Many Christians today don’t like what is coined extremism, they would rather not have their beliefs challenged and quite frankly, leaders are urged not to run the risk of losing tithers. These are natural concerns, but we see nothing of this in the life of Jesus.
It is one thing to pray for revival, as long as it can be contained, explained, isn’t inconvenient or embarrassing to anyone. And yet, in my experience and in the experience of others who’ve participated in true revivals involving bona-fide miracles, services where the Holy Spirit is welcome to manifest will multiply, though admittedly, they can be a little messy.
I’ve heard many times that God is a God of order and that is true. However, all too often, the word order is really a substitution for the word control. If we can control it, it can’t get out of hand. Rather than train people to function in faith for miracles, people may become extremists, creating embarrassing situations that the board of directors may have to a kibosh on.
And yet, from my vantage point as a pastor, I have discovered that people are hungry for something real! Jesus fought against the religious order of the day because it had become a movement in name only, devoid of power, longing to remain relevant at any cost. So, Jesus sent out the 12. When they returned, they gave a report of all the works; the healings and miracles that were done through them and they would never be the same again. I believe that if pastors today would preach the uncompromised Gospel, including the things they can’t explain, the Holy Spirit will bring revelation and congregations will experience the same power the original 12 did.
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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