17 May 2016

You were born for such a time as this

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, published over 60 children's books over the course of his long career. Though most were published under his well-known pseudonym, Dr. Seuss, he also authored over a dozen books as Theo. LeSieg and one as Rosetta Stone. As one of the most popular children's authors of all time, Geisel's books have topped many bestseller lists, sold over 222 million copies, and been translated into more than 15 languages. One such book published January 22, 1990 – had a passage that read  You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go … -- Dr. Seuss in Oh the Places You’ll Go.

Have you ever given any thought as to why you are where you are?  Why do you work where you work? Why do you live where you live? Why do you go to school where you go to school? Why do you go to church where you go to church? You do what you do because God has assigned you there - and here – “for such at time as this.” As we go on our journey in life to discover what we were created to do, you’ll discover there are “pivot points” in history. Some aren’t as big as others … for instance chocolate or vanilla, leaded or unleaded, carpet or hardwood; but there are other pivot points in life that can affect the landscape of our world and set you on a course of sometimes irrevocable decisions. 

When I think of the things that are happening in our culture right now and anticipate the opportunities that lie ahead, then I believe that we are standing face to face with a pivot point. Presented before us today is what many of us have looked for … the chance to make a difference in the world.  Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the opportunity of a lifetime. Before we delve into your opportunity, I would like to present to you someone who also was faced with the decision of whether to do what God placed her there to do or not. Her choice would shape the future of generations to come.  Let’s go to the book of Esther.

(ESTHER 4:1-14)
1When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry. 2He went up to the entrance of the king's gate, for no one was allowed to enter the king's gate clothed in sackcloth. 3And in every province, wherever the king's command and his decree reached, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and many of them lay in sackcloth and ashes. 4When Esther's young women and her eunuchs came and told her, the queen was deeply distressed. She sent garments to clothe Mordecai, so that he might take off his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. 5Then Esther called for Hathach, one of the king's eunuchs, who had been appointed to attend her, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn what this was and why it was. 6Hathach went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king's gate, 7and Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king's treasuries for the destruction of the Jews.8Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her and command her to go to the king to beg his favor and plead with him on behalf of her people. 9And Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said. 10Then Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to go to Mordecai and say, 11"All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days." 12And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. 13Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, "Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

He’s calling wake up child, it’s your turn to shine, you were born for such a time as this.** Jesus has sounded the wake-up call; it’s time to rise up without fear and intimidation and to stand for Christ at any cost.  There’s a battle between darkness and light that is happening in both the physical and spiritual realms.  We stand at the crux of a societal collapse in the natural; yet at the same time there is a field that is bursting with white from a more than ripe harvest. And God is asking (already knowing the answer) what are we going to do about it.  Are we going to be bringing in the sheaves or are we going to watch our world, our nation, our cities, our neighborhoods and communities, our neighbors, friends, loved ones be scooped up and harvested for another cause?  It's time we wake up, step up and snatch up the ready ones for the Kingdom.

As we prepare for the soon return of the King are our ears attuned to hearing the footsteps? Can you hear Him approaching behind you?  We’ve heard it for years; we know He’s returning soon, could today be the day? Listening for His footsteps, for His voice to call us to action … can you hear Him?  Think about John; as Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover, John who laid his head on the chest of our Savior was listening to His heartbeat … I believe that’s part of the reason John was able to hear the voice of God when it came time to write what He did. He knew what the Father wanted to say, he wrote what was told and shown him. In a nutshell this is the purpose of John's gospel – John 20:30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believeb that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

He forever had a longing to hear the heartbeat of Christ again. His anticipation for the Savior to return was the reason he was able to hear the things he put to paper in this book so that we too might be able to hear His heartbeat, hear His footsteps, hear His voice as He calls to us to wake up child, it’s your turn to shine you were born for such a time as this.

Do you hear them … the footsteps of Jesus approaching; listen for them it’s time y’all.  God is calling each one of us, it’s time to hear the call, it’s time to forsake it all for the one thing that remains … yet, this stuff don’t happen by spending an hour and a half a week with the King; it’s time to take some risks, it’s time to change the world …. BE VERY CAREFUL THEN HOW YOU LIVE, NOT AS UNWISE BUT AS WISE, MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY, BECAUSE THE DAYS ARE EVIL (Eph 5:15-16)

Jer 1 :4-5 (AMP) Then the word of the lord came to me (Jeremiah), saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew (and) approved of you (as My chosen instrument), and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; (and) I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you

Matthew 5:14  “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

For about this past month God has been speaking to us and reminding us many things … You are loved by the Father, you are a child of God, your identity is in Christ … as you can see none of this is predicated on anything we’ve done  … Corrie ten Boom said, “It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability that counts.”

Our response should be to wake up, and declare, I am royalty, I have destiny, I have been set free; I’m going to shape history; I’m going to change the world.**

After all, you were born for such a time as this.

** Anthem -- Jesus Culture/Jake Hamilton