Immediately, Mr. Bill grabbed the microphone and said, “We’ve got to quit seeing people as visitors.” They are part of the Body of Christ. They are our brothers and sisters. They have gifts that Jesus needs to advance His Kingdom.
We’ve prayed for God to send the hungry ones and He has. The problem is in us. We haven’t valued them. A visitor is someone who comes and stays for a little while. God sees every person as part of the family. You wouldn’t call a family member a visitor would you?
Matthew 22:8-10 says, “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.”
God has been ready to pour out His Spirit. We haven’t been ready to receive those that He has given us. We have been closed off. We still have that lingering religious mindset that says people have to look or act a certain way for God to use them. We can’t expect people to be perfect because we are not. Every one of us has been broken. We are all in need of a Savior. We all need grace. God in His mercy helped us when we were a mess, so we need to do the same for others.
We have been too comfortable with our church the way it is. We have been divided. In order for God to manifest Himself in power and might, we must be ready. To be ready to receive something, we have to see and believe that the thing we are longing for is necessary. Ready is also another word for fit. We have to be ready to be fit with other members of the Body!
Now that our spiritual eyes have been opened, we see that one of the missing pieces has been filled in. He has given us gifts in people who are often labeled misfits in the world. I am so thankful that God looks on the heart! He said He would take the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Confound means to confuse, stun, or amaze. God will use the foolish things – the people that others don’t want to be around, the outcasts, and the people who have always been told they have nothing to give.
Despite what these people look like or sound like, they have a heart after God. God can use that! Apostle David said that God has given him a big vision, but we can’t do a lot of things right now because we don’t have the “building material.” Look around you, friend! God is bringing in “building material.”
We don’t have more of God because we haven’t been ready. We haven’t been watchful. We haven’t been full of eagerness.
We get what we expect. We’ve gotten exactly what we’ve said. We are all guilty of calling each new person who comes to our church a visitor. No, they are pieces ready to be fit into God’s plan at Gateway and in the Body of Christ! I challenge each of you – myself included – to expect God to do great and mighty things through His Body!
~ Madison Sanders
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