Living By the Spirit and the Revelation of the Kingdom of God
What genuinely validates ministry? Is it the splendid experiences we feel of the presence of the Holy Spirit? Is it the people all laid out on the floor slain by what we call the presence of the Spirit of God? Is it an atmosphere of worship before our Father God? Is God stirring these emotions, these feelings of the presence of God or are these activities in some ways driven by our ethnic culture, even religious culture and what we suppose is God as opposed to what may really not be God?
How are you to actually really know the difference between what we say is God and what really is God but by what we think is God verses what we suppose is not God? Sound confusing doesn't it? Reality saints of God is this; God will often times allow you your personal expression in response to what you perceive is His presence, but His presence and your experience with Him alone does not necessarily validate your ministry or your place in serving Him.
We too often times take the hoop, the shout and other outward manifestations of what we believed the evidence of the Spirit is, as validation for ministry and God's approval for what we are saying and doing. While this may be a right position for the moment, is what you are doing or believe you are being led to do leading you beyond the emotional into the transformational?
How are you changed by a meeting or is it really in the main, just another meeting? Did you receive instruction as to the fine revelation of your kingdom citizenship and purpose to manifest God's glory or did you just get hyped up, spiritually, yet emotionally stirred, gave a "man God blessed me tonight offering" and yet have not come closer to your own responsibility to serve in the ministry of reconciliation preaching the message Jesus preached in a demonstration, with the end purpose of preaching the message Jesus said will bring Him back? Did the meeting end in a religious narcissism or were you transformed by a brokenness leading you away from individualism into that place of true service to your brothers and sisters?
How do you evaluate effectiveness in ministry? What is the real purpose for the Church anyway? Is it the gathering of the saints to have a good time and say that they were in the presence of the Lord? What is the real purpose of the Church anyway? Are you concerned with the salvation of the nations or just a great personal religious sense of spiritual elevation? Are people genuinely set free, healed and delivered, and over what period of time can you tell that such great personal revival truly took place?
These questions we never really ask ourselves as we go happily, blissfully by going from one spiritual high to the next, one spiritual event to the next, driven by our emotions and our whims without asking the critical questions that draw the distinctions between that which is driven by ethnic, even religious culture and that which is truly driven by the King via the agency of the Holy Spirit.