Seeking His Highest!
There are people at all stages in their walk with Jesus. Therefore, all stages of ministry are necessary.
Evangelists – needed to introduce people to the first step – Repent, believe, and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation is the first step.
Pastors – needed to nurture and care for these new converted souls.
Teachers – needed to train and equip the people for their calling on their life.
Prophets – needed to speak life and bring forth the calling in each of their lives.
Apostles – to align it all and send people out.
All of these are needed “UNTIL we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” [Eph 4:13 NIV]
5-Fold is very important around the Earth today!
Yet, even in Paul’s day he stated, “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.” [Heb 6:1-2 NIV]
Interesting what Paul considers “elementary.”
*Repentance from acts that lead to death
*Faith in God
*Instruction about cleansing rites
*Laying on of hands
*Resurrection of the dead
Some of these many would not consider “elementary,” but Paul did. Has anybody reading this raise the dead as a part of their ordinary day? I’m looking forward to it, but I’m not doing it on a daily basis, yet.
My sense is that, even though Paul was an Apostle, he had moved on to focusing on the “maturing” part.
It is interesting that some people and seminars focus on signs, wonders, and miracles as the place we need to “get to.”
I believe Paul and Jesus (and most likely the close followers of Jesus and the early disciples) understood that there is SOOOOOO much more. Yes, signs, wonders, and miracles will follow those who are in Christ. But the key is “In Christ.”
There is a priestly role that all of us must take up if we want to operate in the supernatural. BUT, if the reason you’re doing it is so you can have super natural power, then you will probably not get there. Why? Because it all wraps around intimacy and relationship. If all you want is the power, then you probably won’t get it. If you want a relationship with Jesus, then you’re likely to get the power even if you were not seeking it!
I believe the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles is underway. It is Christ in us! And, us in Christ. When we complete the fulness of our priestly duties (mainly emptying ourselves of our selfishness and pride (but there is much more!)) then He can crown us kings in His Kingdom.
This is a process that we are learning in our Ekklesia groups. Ultimately, the greatest achievement is not signs and wonders, it is oneness with Him. Jesus was the first fruit. We are the harvest. Everything Jesus was as a man on Earth, we are called to be that and so much more, according to Paul and Jesus.
Jesus said, “…whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…”[Jhn 14:12 NIV]
Paul said, referring to the works and power they had that it was only “…the first fruits of the Spirit…” [Rom 8:23 NKJV] Meaning, there is SOOO much more to come.
When we become mature sons, we won’t be seeking signs and wonders. They will follow us wherever we go. When we are mature sons we will be seeking the Kingdom – His will on Earth, not our own. However, when we are matured to the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13) His will and our will, will be difficult, if not impossible to distinguish.
Amen! I hope you can receive this. Seek first His Kingdom… Not the “other.”
If you seek first His Kingdom, the “other” is likely to be added.