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April 4, 2018, 9:17 AM

Our FOCUS

Church Family,

Praying for you today!

More than once in the book of Ezekiel God speaks about a family of priests, the sons of Zadok. When the rest of the Levites, Priests, and Nation went astray from God, they did not. I can’t imagine how difficult this was. To have the nation, other priests, and Levites pressuring you to stop living for God and to minister in a way that suits the sins of the people.

Ezekiel 48:11-12 This shall be for the consecrated priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept my charge, who did not go astray when the people of Israel went astray, as the Levites did. 12And it shall belong to them as a special portion from the holy portion of the land, a most holy place, adjoining the territory of the Levites.

A book (Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken) I’m reading about missionaries had an interesting section in it. It talked about the FOCUS and Foundation needed on the mission field. It had 3 VERY important areas that are needed to be faithful/obedient. The FOCUS is where everything is pointing to in the ministry. The Foundation is what supports the FOCUS. All 3 areas are needed, but if the FOCUS is on the wrong area, the results will be devastating.

 

When the Focus is on the Missionary everything will point inward. The main concern is their desires and not reaching the lost. This will fail. It will make the missionary the master, not the servant

               Missionary (Focus)

     Organization (Foundation)   The Lost

 

This focus will put the organization before the minister or ministry. It leads to people seeking power, but not seeking lost people. It tends to lead to great ideas with no application. If your ministry isn’t approved by those in power, it will be forced to change no matter how effective it is or is needed.

              Organization (Focus)

Missionary    (Foundation)     The Lost

 

This model puts the gospel first. The missionary, organization, and every else’s focus is on how to reach the lost people of the world. It is outward focused. It reduces power struggles and selfish behavior, because everyone is required to die to self in order to faithfully witness.

              The Lost (Focus)

Missionary   (Foundation)   Organization

 

In order for the Sons of Zadok to not go astray or give into the organizational (nations) or Missionary (self) pressure they had to focus on God and His purposes. Where is your FOCUS? What guides the decisions that you make in your ministry? Is it the reaching of the lost? Is it what makes people comfortable? Is it the desires of the majority? What excuses do we use to not share the gospel and reach the lost?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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