Monday, April 13, 2009

Nameless Servants

Years ago a man  prophesied that the Lord would raise up a new breed of people. A nameless and faceless Kingdom people.  Men and women of impact that would accomplish through the Spirit of God, incredible Kingdom advances.   A people who would not build ministries and reputations, but  be wholly committed to humility.  A breed of people where the only reputation known, was the reputation of Christ.

A while back I studied revivals.  One of my favorite was the Indonesian revival that was on and off during the last century.  Teams of Christians would go into all the various islands and villages in small groups of 2-5 persons.  They were only known by the number given to their team.  In one season of increased revival, this is how much of it was described; 

"Team #123 reports 3 healings, 12 salvations", "Team #87 reports 6 healings, 25 salvations, 1 dead raised"," Team #195 reports entire village received Christ after village leader healed from death bed and restored through prayer", "Team #11......"  You get the point...

No one will know who these faithful servants were, outside of those who participated with them until heaven.  They were simply being obedient ambassadors.  Gratefully serving and with the zeal of those who know the great value of the riches of the message they carried.  The only name remembered was the name Jesus.

For those of you around my age (agh!), you'll remember the popular show on television called "The Invisible Man".  Through a botched science experiment, this man became invisible.  He started out fine, enjoying his anonymity, but soon became quite evil.  Driven by his flesh to acquire power and notoriety he eventually had to die. 
 The final message of the movie was that being invisible would ultimately destroy someone because of the isolation, lack of recognition and power available to them.

That is the system of the world we exist in.  To be invisible would mean death to us.  Our ego and self worth destroyed.  But we are not of this system.  We are called to a better way.

In Matthew 20, the mother of James and John went to Jesus to ask that her sons be awarded to sit on the left and right of Jesus in heaven one day.  The disciples were irritated about this, and because their flesh had been snagged, went to complain to Jesus about it.  Jesus responds with: "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.  It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for the many" vs.25-28.

Whoever remembers the names of servants and slaves? 
 Only the Master, and that's the One that matters.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post Katie.

    Just today I was thinking that my "five year plan" is more based on sowing seed where I am at . . . with family, co-workers, neighbors, and then to the city and rest of the world. I am here in Alexandria, MN relaxing at Lake Geneva Christian Center's "Clergy Cottage" (ironic isn't it?) and thought about "Lifestyle" church instead of "House" church. Why not just develop relationships with everyone you meet and get together with people regardless of where they attend church or if they don't attend at all. That way we don't have to "convert" people from going to church to not going to "church." We can point people to Christ in an attempt to make them more like Christ but don't have to get in endless arguments about the rightness or wrongness of this or that.

    I know I'm rambling, but I see that it fits your point about nameless and faceless saints. I told my brother-in-law back in November that if revival breaks out again soon it will have to be one where there is no one "leader" or "anointed one" but instead countless leaders (both in and out of traditional church) who will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and because it will be widespread, there will not be as easy for the media to anoint one as the "one" who is in charge. It will be plain that it is the Holy Spirit that will be in charge, directing and leading at the Father's voice.

    Thanks again for your insights!!