As a general theme for the coming mission season year, I will be focusing on the number “12”. The number twelve in numerology represents “government” (12 tribes, 12 disciples, 12 apostles, etc.). Government carries the idea of “authority”, and “rule”. “And of the increase of His government….there shall be no end” (Is 9:7). The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth was through and by Jesus Christ Commander-in-Chief of God’s government.
I believe it is time for the general body of Christ to “wake-up”, “grow-up”, and come to a real maturity in Christ that the whole creation is groaning for (Romans 8:19). There needs to be a growing excitement and knowledge of the fact that in the heart of every true born again believer that they have the very nature of Christ dwelling with them to accomplish great things for the glory of God and His kingdom (Col. 2:9-10)! This will be my challenge to the body of Christ this coming year of 2012…..the year of government, authority, and rule….even as it was in the early church (Acts 1:8; 2:4, 37-47; 3:1-11; 4:4).
As it was during Isaiah’s, and Joel’s day (along with all the prophets) there was a warning being proclaimed to God’s people through various means that they needed to return to their first love that had waxed cold. The warning rang loud and clear: “Awake ‘O Israel…put off your slumber, your sleepiness!” Once again the prophetic trumpet is sounding the alarm in Zion (the Church).
Joel 2 and many other places in scripture speak of this sounding of the alarm to the lifelessness of God’s people who had taken on the characteristics of the people (the world) around them.
Yes, I understand that not all the church is asleep, but that (as throughout history) has only been a remnant of the church….a small portion of the whole. As any student of the Bible can attest, it was also true during the days of the prophets.
Because of the times we live in I feel compelled to share what is on my heart to the body of Christ for we do, indeed, live in perilous times (i.e. times of stress, 2 Tim. 3:1). The cares of this world, and the lust for “things” have choked the word from being effective in the lives of many who consider themselves Christian.
In the coming weeks I will be adding to this thought in hopes that it will be an encouragement to all who read it.