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Worldly Things for Kingdom Purposes

Evangelism can be powerful, exciting, and simple when we let God use us.

In our walk with the Lord, we can find ourselves stuck in this area for a season because we put a box around what we think evangelism looks like. Not only can we potentially miss what God wants to manifest, but more importantly we can miss those He wants to reach. We might think evangelism is a certain way, but really God wants to use us through any means to reach those in need.

Just as there are a variety of situations we can find ourselves in when reaching others, there are also a variety of ways God can use us to reach those who hunger and thirst for healing and restoration.

There are different perspectives when we reach out to others or evangelize. Together as one body, we have the same Spirit of God, but His Spirit is manifesting through our individual souls and enabling the different parts of the body to fulfill what God commands in the earth (1 Corinthians 12:12-20). This means the way God may have you reach souls may not be the way another person within the body reaches souls. As individuals in the same body, God has created each of us in a unique way with different gifts. You may have a gift or interest in music, art, writing, teaching, business, marketing, photography, film, communications, networking, media, radio, design, mechanics, construction, etc. Whatever gift or talent that is built or has been developed in you is no coincidence.

Whatever gift or talent that is built or has been developed in you is no coincidence.

God can use anything in the world to give His Word to the nations. Just as the patriarchs in the Bible used natural things for the means to fulfill God’s will, God calls us to do the same as a means to reach the lost. The early church brings much clarity about the Israelites using material things in the Exodus for the kingdom:

“They are to spoil the Egyptians, and to obtain materials for making the things they are told to provide in connection with the worship of God. For out of the things of which the children of Israel spoiled the Egyptians the furniture of the Holy of Holies was made, the ark with its cover, and the cherubim and the mercy-seat and the gold jar in which the manna, that bread of angels, was stored. These probably were made from the finest of the gold of the Egyptians… And of the Egyptian silver, too, other things were made; for it was from their sojourn in Egypt that the children of Israel derived the great advantage of being supplied with such a quantity of precious materials for the use of the service of God.” – Origen [1]

We see that God equipped Israel with the things from Egypt, which they needed during the Exodus into the wilderness journey. In addition, Origen is showing how the things of Egypt (the things of this world) are used as a tool to manifest God’s kingdom in the earth. In like manner, God provides material things in the world, not for our worldly gain, but as a tool for His glory. The Apostle Paul states: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…” (Romans 1:20). His invisible attributes are a reflection of things made in the earth as long as we see through the realm of the Spirit.

His invisible attributes are a reflection of things made in the earth as long as we see through the realm of the Spirit.

Jesus became flesh for us (John 1:14) and used material things such as gardening, bread, water, wine, fish, money, animals, clothing, etc. as tools for a greater purpose to give us eyes to see and ears to hear the mysteries of the kingdom (Matthew 13:11-15). Like Jesus, we have natural things in our lives as teaching tools to reach souls.  As the enemy attempts to use material possession to lead the harvest astray, God is manifesting the Spirit of Elijah to untwist the use of worldly things to make the path straight to the revelation of Christ!

Blessings,
The Harvesters

References
1. Origen of Alexandria- Letter to Gregory
2. All Scripture is from the NKJV Bible

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