Years ago the Lord started to give me a series of one or two sentence nuggets of wisdom, revelation and sometimes just thought provoking stuff. Being a fan of Mike Murdock's Wisdom Keys, I called these personal nuggets of my own "Mark's Life Keys". To date I have recorded over 1000 of these little gems. One I want to talk about today is this...
Too many Christians want to be Police Officers when God has actually called us all to be Doctors.
First let me be clear in a few things. It is the nature of the Kingdom of God to advance and take over wherever it is identified, acknowledged, and surrendered to. We are indeed called to walk in Heavenly Authority and "take dominion" in the earth while we are here so I don't want anyone to misunderstand me in this arena. Im not saying we should be milktoast and door mats. What I am saying is the way we live our lives and interact with others needs to be an outward manifestation of the Holy Spirit of God and that means it's going to look a lot more like Jesus' approach in scripture and a lot less like a well armed militia in the natural.
Many years ago the Lord showed me that I had a call on my life to be a spiritual heart surgeon. The more I studied that and began to understand the dynamics of that, the more about the nature of my personal calling and ministry became clear. Heart surgeons for example don't just walk down the street and walk up to a stranger and say "Hey, Im a heart surgeon, lay down here so I can cut into you. On the contrary, heart surgeons are sought out by others and usually only by those who know and understand that they have a problem they cannot fix on their own without surgery. This brings me to another of my Life Keys...
Wisdom manifests in your life thru the contrasts of your perceptions about other people and things.
In other words, A Spirit of Wisdom will show you both stark and subtle differences in others. As I began to look back at all broken relationships in my life, I began to see the pattern that either I didn't properly discern them or they didn't properly discern me. That lack of discerning ultimately led to a break of the relationship. This principle is furthered in 1 Cor 11 when Paul tells the church at Corinth they have failed to discern the body, thus there are sick and dying among them... which brings me to another Life Key...
Immaturity will tend to make you force your ministry on others when they don't want to receive it.
I fell into this trap in my earlier years but these days I have learned to not force myself or my ministry on others. The people I minister to are very much blessed and radically changed for the Glory of God but it all starts with us properly discerning one another. I will not minister to anyone who doesn't give me explicit permission to do so. That should not be confused with "dripping" or "nudging" on people as the Spirit of the Lord directs you to. There is a difference between God using me to nudge you and God using me to minister to you. Nudges are just that, slight suggestions of minor course corrections that will absolutely help you if applied. Full out ministering to you will revolutionize things in a hurry and usually radically change the way you think and perceive. That is the difference there.
Back to the Police Officer analogy, imagine if you will that this world is likened to a giant traffic crash. Once divine order kept everyone moving smoothly but sin crept in and a giant multi car pile up has occurred. Many are dead, many are deeply wounded while others got away with scrapes and bruises but everyone here got hurt in some way. The Police Officer's job is to investigate, put the pieces together of the whys and hows and ultimately to assign blame to charge guilt to suspects. Now, contrast that to the EMTs in the ambulance arriving on the scene. They could care less who caused the pile up, their focus is on saving the near dead, stabilizing the critical and helping everyone they can. See the difference?
In a very real way God has called us to be a Hospital to hurting humanity. When we stop thinking that way and start to instead get consumed with blame assignment, we begin to miss the entire concept of The Kingdom of God.
I encourage you to stop looking at life thru the Police Officer's lens and trying to figure out who did what wrong and instead refocus on being a Doctor. Start to move in a direction of healing toward others and helping them. Odds are good that as you do, doors will begin to open for you that never have before.
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