2 Kings 6:15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
I smile to think of how many times in life I’ve looked and seen a problem and responded with, “Oh Lord, what will I do?” Thankfully, my next move was to consider what to do. I assessed the situation, checked out the tools I had to handle it, and made a decision about how I was going to do it. Then I took action and did it.
When you have a mission to accomplish, having the right tools is vital. If I have to take down a tree, I’m going to want a chain saw, ropes, and perhaps a truck for haul things. Without the right equipment, I can only stand and look at the tree. Nothing gets done!
There is a time to contemplate, to weigh, and to strategize, but until the time comes for action, nothing gets done. Some churches spend week after week after month after year in “talking about” the mission, but they never get started. This week we’re going to access the equipment.
If we’re going to do the mission-of-God, the Great Commission, of going out and sharing what we’ve learned in order to win souls and make disciples, one of the first things to do is take an inventory of our equipment. We know it’s all there because God puts it there when He calls us to do something. It is well-said that God often does not always call the equipped, but He always equips the called.
As we go forward this year to make disciples, we are looking for individuals who realize that God has given us spiritual gifts (equipment) and put us in particular places (site) at the right time (opportunity) to accomplish that mission.
This is the first in a two-part message in our current series: “2017 MISSION POSSIBLE”.