November 13, 2011

Trusting God

Luke 9:1-6

“Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.”
Luke 9:3


We are students of evangelism and church planting, and we have coached others in these ministry areas. But we want to put forth a big word of caution: It is not by our techniques or clever strategies that people come into the kingdom of Jesus Christ. As Jesus indicates in our text, success isn’t dependent on a wealth of human resources. The kingdom grows through humble servant missionaries who depend every moment of every day on Jesus Christ for their provision. Christ builds his kingdom.

“When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13). Jesus promises us a counselor, guide, and friend—the Holy Spirit.

We continue to hear how God arranges “divine appointments” for Christians with people who open up to them about needs in their lives. Often the Holy Spirit has provided the exact preparation for a conversation by connecting people who have had a similar experience, or who know a particular person, book, or resource that directly addresses their need.

Offer yourself anew to Jesus today. Ask to be made aware and ready for “divine appointments” with no provision but what Jesus gives. You can always trust him.

Lord, you call us to join in your work. Teach us to follow, knowing that all who hear the gospel call are hearing you. Make us humble. Help us to listen to your voice. Amen.

About the author — Allen & Lynn Likkel

Revs. Allen and Lynn Likkel have worked in communities across North America for many years—planting churches, nurturing them along, and developing new church leaders. A minister in the Christian Reformed Church, Allen served with Christian Reformed Home Missions for nearly 40 years, and Lynn, also ordained as a minister of the Word, has served to build leaders and new congregations. In November 2010, Allen entered retirement, and the Likkels moved to Washington, their native state. They have four adult children.

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