Settle the Issue
“In every fish is a school. In every bird is a flock. In every boy or girl is a man or woman who can influence many. In every life is contained all the potential through which God can accomplish great things….Wrapped up inside a young lady awaited the noble works of Florence Nightingale. Inside a seemingly arrogant dreamer was Joseph, and within a wiry teenager named David lay hidden a giant-slayer…God hides his treasures in the most inconspicuous wrappings…He hid the survival of Israel in a Hebrew inmate locked in an Egyptian prison—Joseph; He hid the great, great grandmother of King David in a discouraged prostitute—Rahab; And He hid a king in a manger—Jesus.”
God hides a measure of greatness in every human being. It waits to be discovered and manifested. The Holy Spirit wants to reveal it and bring it forth. Just like He did for Jeremiah. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jer. 1:5)
Imagine what our nations, communities, churches, and families would be like if each of us decides to live for God and allows the Spirit of God to reveal our purpose and accomplish great things, divine things, through us. Just imagine! But that won’t happen until we settle the issue of worship. The issue of worship precedes all other issues in the kingdom.
This is what happened with Jesus. His life is God’s object lesson. In Matthew 4, before being launched into His world-changing ministry, He was confronted with three temptations. The third one was the most critical. It focused on His worship. Before Whom would He bow; for Whom would He live? Could His worship be bought and for what price?
Satan offered Jesus the world. There is nothing Satan craves more than your worship and he is willing to pay a huge price for it. From most people, he gets it real cheap. For five minutes of pleasure, they will worship him. For a few dollars, they will bow before him. For a little bit of power, they will surrender their lives to him.
But Jesus responded to Satan’s offer with a strong no. “Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (Matthew 4:10 NKJV)
With this response Jesus settled the issue of worship and made it clear Whom He was going to worship and Whom He was going to serve. It was not going to be the unholy Satan; it was going to be the Holy God.
“Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.”
From this point on Jesus became an instrument in the hand of God through whom the Spirit did great things, divine things that changed people and changed the world. When He settled the issue of worship, He placed himself in the position for God to use Him mightily. Greatness followed.
Child of God, have you settled the issue of worship, once and for all? Then you are now in position for God to accomplish great things through you. Get ready to be used in simple and powerful ways to change your family, city, and world. You have become God’s instrument of transformation. Embrace your new role in this world. Believe and let it happen, one day, one person, at a time!