John 13:20 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
At this writing, I have just witness the marvelous and moving funeral service of Dr. Billy Graham. He was a great man of God, and he was sent to the world. But his life and ministry and message were not about those to whom he was sent, but about WHO SENT HIM. His life, ministry, and message were all about Jesus. It is to that end that I write to you herein.
You have been sent to someone. That sending will be manifest in at least one of four ways. Some are sent VISIBLY. That means that the Lord has sent them to personally go into some arena of ministry to a particular people for a particular cause. You might be an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor, or a teacher. You might be sent by the Lord to be the armor-bearer of such a person, or to fulfill some specific arena of ministry, i.e. medical, education, and the like. You may be sent VICARIOUSLY. That means that while you personally are not sent into a particular arena of ministry, you may be commanded by the Lord to support with finances and prayer someone who is sent VISIBLY. I believe this would be, by far, the greatest number of believers in the world. And finally, you may be sent VIRTUALLY. This kind of sending by the Lord is truly quite new to church history. This means you use the technology of our day to reach people you could not otherwise reach, and it is a powerful method that is now available to the church. And of course, regardless of who one is, ALL BELIEVERS are sent VITALLY. You are to be a witness where you are now. That generally does not require travel out of your normal day, money beyond what you already have, or even technology and the means to use it widely. It means you live as an example of who Jesus made you to be in front of everyone you meet wherever you are whenever you are there.
Whatever we do, we must NEVER compare ourselves among ourselves. Each of us has a prime objective – go where God sends us to do what God desires us to do. It’s that simple. We need to know where we’re going, but more importantly is knowing who sent us. It is God Who made us, it is God Who called us, it is God Who anointed us, it is God Who sends us, and it is God Who empowers us. As long as we keep our focus on Him, walking in obedience to His sending, we will hear “Well done, good and faithful servant.” It has nothing to do with who preaches the most to the most people, how far we travel, or how much we give. It’s all about knowing and honoring Him Who sent us.
Manna for Today – John 13:1-20; Matthew 28;18-20; Mark 16:15-20; 2 Corinthians 10:12