Thursday, May 26, 2011

Born for Miracle Missions Part 1

I'm not sure where this is going to go.  I've labeled it Part 1, which may be all there is, but I'm not sure, so I'm giving myself wiggle room. 

I've just started reading a book called You Were Born for This.  It's by Bruce Wilkinson.  Perhaps you've heard of this book, but you're probably very familiar with Wilkinson's book The Prayer of Jabez.  I liked The Prayer of Jabez and had a copy, but loaned it to a friend, who moved to another church and sadly didn't return my book.  But, I'm digressing.  I'm only on page 59, but it's already started to make me uncomfortable.

When I say uncomfortable, I don't mean it in a bad way.  This book appears to be based on sound Biblical principles.  I'm uncomfortable because I'm aware I may not be ready to surrender to what this book is saying.

You Were Born for This is about people, God's people, being willing to be His delivery agents.  God has much work to do and He needs His people to do His work - His miracle work.

Wilkinson says:
  • God is constantly at work in supernatural ways in our world, and He has much he wants to get done.
  • God is actively looking for loyal partners - people who consistently care about what He cares about.
  • God is regularly nudging people to respond, but most people miss His intentions or simply say no.
Wilkinson isn't saying these miracles are big in nature.  Although, I suppose they could be.  It's more like being directed to people who are in need of help.  To the willing delivery agent, it may not seem like a miracle at all - just one person helping another - but to the person needing the help, it's a miracle.

As I make my way through the book, I will be discovering the four keys to a life of miracles.  They are:
  1. The Master Key - The urgent prayer to God to be sent on a mission.
  2. The People Key - You put yourself and Heaven on notice you have decided to make God's heart for people your own.  You're prepared to deliver miracles to whomever He asks whenever He asks.
  3. The Spirit Key - You're prepared to cooperate with God's Spirit, especially in regard to His supernatural power.
  4. The Risk Key - You intentionally live in such a way that you take risks of faith, relying on God to accomplish what He wants done.
I must admit the Master Key scares me.  I want to tell God, " I'm reporting for duty.  Send me to do your work, today. "  I want to tell Him, but there's this part of me that doesn't want to tell Him too.  What if He wants me to do something I don't want to do?  What if He tells me to go somewhere I don't want to go? 

So, the point of this post is to say, I'm thinking I need to report to duty. 

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