The Word: Matthew 9: 35(KJV)
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Dig Deeper: Matthew 9: 36 – 38 (KJV)
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Think about it
DOING THE WORK OF THE MASTER
Jesus mentored 12 disciples. The whole idea was that they will continue doing what he did while on earth. When Jesus was leaving he said to the disciples:
John 14: 12
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
What was the work that Jesus did?
He went about doing good, he healed the oppressed for God was with him – Acts 10: 38
He went about teaching, preaching and healing – Matthew 9: 35
He was anointed with the Holy Spirit, He preached the gospel to the poor, he healed the brokenhearted, he preached deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, liberty to the bruised, he also preached the acceptable year of the Lord – Luke 4: 18 – 19
Above was the job specification of Jesus. That is what he also expects us to be doing. But the key thing is that we need to be anointed and equipped for it. No one can do these things by themselves unless they are anointed and God is with them. The secret to Jesus consistently doing the works of the father was that he was anointed for it and God was with him – Acts 10: 38. Actually Nicodemus also confirms this when he came to Jesus at night:
‘Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.’ – John 3: 1- 2
So after we are born again, we need to be anointed with the Holy Spirit (Baptism of the Holy Spirit) and also with power. Acts 1: 8, Acts 10: 38. They are 2 different things. Some people are anointed with the Holy Spirit but there is no power to do the unusual yet. The power bit needs to be activated. It’s like buying a new car but there is not enough petrol to travel to London. Having the Holy Spirit does not necessarily mean you have power to heal all diseases. the Holy Spirit is still the carrier of the power but we must desire and ask for the power bit to be activated in our lives. So even though God wants us to be little Jesus doing the same works Jesus did, the anointing really is the enablement that allows us to be able do the works. It’s like someone applying for a driving role but you ‘ve never been taught to drive. Or someone applying for a GP’s role when you ‘ve never been trained as a doctor. There is demand, there is need, there are issues all over the place, God wants us to be his rep out there because the labourers are very few. But God will not send workers / disciples who are not equipped into the field. And the way to be equipped for these works is to personally seek to be anointed.
To be anointed at the level we are talking about, we need to have a strong desire and also pay some price in the place of prayer
Our memory verse for March 2018
Luke 9: 23
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Let’s take a few moment to learn our memory verse for this month by heart. It can be memorised in 3 lines:
Line 1: And he said to them all,
Line 2: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself,
Line 3: and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Once you say it a few times it will stick.
Prayer focus: Our next level prayers:
Anoint me father to do your work
Masterlife Workbook: The Church is embarking on weeks of discipleship workbook study: Masterlife now on the 2nd workbook: The Disciple’s personality