It Is Time
Three words that change history. They speak of a new beginning. It may be the birth of a child; a move to a new city for employment; breaking through a barrier to a new level of proficiency of knowledge or practice.
For Moses, the burning bush evidenced God’s application of Moses’ upbringing in Pharaoh’s court and years herding rebellious sheep to doing God’s work of transferring the Hebrew people to the Promised Land (Exodus 3.1-9). For Paul, a day of worship of God with Barnabas and others in Antioch was the time and location chosen by Jesus for applying Paul’s vast knowledge and his initial experiences of training to transferring the people of Asia Minor “‘from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness and release from their sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified (set apart, made holy) by faith in Me’” (Acts 13.1-4; Acts 26.18; Amplified Bible, 2015).
From these and other illustrations, you should learn that Jesus is all about action: choosing, preparing, calling, engaging! He states this in His description of the work of the Holy Spirit in John 16.8-11, 13-15). The Holy Spirit is about saving the lost, about destroying the kingdom of satan and his works, and about maturing the saved in the knowledge and faith possessed by Jesus (John 14.26; Ephesians 4.11-13).
God had said to Moses, “’I have in fact seen the affliction (suffering, desolation) of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters (oppressors); for I know their pain and suffering’” (Exodus 3.7). These words might, now, be said to express the sights and sounds which God heard from persons in “‘darkness… [and] the power of Satan’”, persons made in His image from within the lands of wickedness to which He would send Paul (Acts 26.18).
Christians in Antioch were, now, developed sufficiently for the Holy Spirit to redeploy Paul and Barnabas. Acts 11.26 states that they had taught the principles of the Kingdom of God and demonstrated them for a year and that the new followers of Christ had, even, wanted to send a gift of support to believers in Judea during their similar duration of the famine (Acts 11.28-30). Acts 12.25 states that Paul and Barnabas had returned from completing this mission.
With the lost of Antioch now saved and maturing and the works of satan being destroyed, perhaps now by the first generation of new believers in Jesus, Paul was available for a new assignment.
Have you completed Jesus’ last assignment? If not, do it soon, so He can give you something greater to do (John 14.12). If your last mission is complete, are you ministering to the Lord, even to the abandonment of eating, as you await His new assignment (Acts 13.2)?
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]” (1 Peter 5.6-7; Amplified Bible, 2015).
It is time!
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