Ordained for Impact
Ephesians 2:10 (KJV) We are His [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
John 15:16 (KJV) I [Jesus] have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
You are God’s strategy to impact and change the world. God has strategically ordained your life to have an impact on the people around you.
Matthew 5:13-14 (MSG) Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth . . . . You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.
If we’re going to be salt and light to this world, we must be good stewards of the influence God has given us.
Jeremiah 15:19 (TLB) You are to influence them [the people of the world], not let them influence you!
The way we are to influence this world (be salt and light) is through good works—tangibly meeting people’s needs.
Isaiah 58:10-11(NIV) If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land.
Find a need and fill it. Find a hurt and heal it.
Hebrews 13:16 (GW) Don’t forget to do good things for others and to share what you have with them. These are the kinds of sacrifices that please God.
God loves the world. True worship is NOT a song. True worship is when you are the hands and feet of Jesus to the world your God loves.
Good works are part of our destiny. You have a Kingdom assignment. And you will never truly enjoy your life until you’re making a difference in the life of someone else.
WHERE DO I START?
Answer: Your world.
God’s plan to change the world is for every Christian to change their world.
- Change starts with me.
That is what prayer and fasting is all about. My priorities.
- Change moves into my family.
You are ordained to do good works for the people in your family.
- Change comes to my church.
You’re ordained to do good works for the people in your church.
- Change impacts my world.
You’re ordained to do good works for the people in your community and the place where you work.
2 Corinthians 10:13-16 (ESV) . . . the area of influence God assigned to us is to reach you . . . .
Acts 17:26-27 (NIRV) From one man he made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And he decided exactly where they should live. God did this so that people would seek him. And perhaps they would reach out for him and find him. They would find him even though he is not far from any of us.
Find a need and fill it. Find a hurt and heal it. Be the light God has called you to be. Let’s go!