Champions in Aprons

“…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

In our last devotion series entitled, “Soul Detox,” we dove into the idea of eating spiritually and cleaning out our souls to create a clear space for God to do a work in us.

Feasting on the Lord. That’s our home base—that’s where we grow and how we produce good fruit. But when new fruit begins to grow in our lives, what are we doing with it? Where does it go?

The Church today—the bride of Christ—often has a bib mentality. We love to be served, and we love to sit at the table with Jesus and other Christians feasting until our heart’s content. There is nothing wrong with being fed. Just as we discussed in our “Soul Detox” series, we must be fed spiritually, but when eating is all we do, therein lies the problem.

There is a time and place to be fed, and there is a time and place to feed. There’s a time for you to scoot up to the table and eat in abundance, and there’s a time for you to stand up, fashion that bib into an apron, and serve someone.  

Jesus told His disciples that He did not come to be served but to serve. Too often, we become complacent and content with a little fruit here and a little harvest there, but the truth is, if we aren’t taking the fruit of our lives and handing it off to those around us, there is no point in the growth. The harvest goes to waste because no one is eating what Jesus is growing in you.

If your heart is where your actions flow from (Proverbs 4:23), and God has been molding and shaping your heart into the vessel of His desire, then your heart should be overflowing on your mission field. The ground you walk on, where you live your life, and the people around you—that is your field, and God wants to use your heart like a watering can. He wants to use you to water that field so that the harvest is plentiful.

The very last lesson that Jesus taught His disciples before ascending into heaven is what we call the Great Commission. He says, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 28:19). His mission on the cross was you, and our mission after accepting Him is them. Whoever they are—your family, your friends, the people you see every day, and the people you meet all along the path of your life. They are your mission.

This isn’t Mission Impossible, it’s Mission Possible. We are His workmanship—His champions breaking ground for the coming harvest of heaven.

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