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As I watched them tear a building down A gang of men in a busy town With a giant crane, and a frequent yell. They swung a ball and the side wall fell I asked the foreman, "Are these men skilled, As the men you'd hire if you wanted to build?" He gave a laugh and said, "No, indeed, Just common labour is all I need." "I can easily wreck in a day or two, What builders have taken months to do." And I thought to myself, as I went my way Which of these roles have I tried to play? Am I a builder who works with care, Measuring life by rule and square? Am I shaping my work to a well-made plan. Patiently doing the best I can? Or am I a wrecker who walks to town Content with the labour of tearing down? "O Lord let my life and my labours be That which will build for eternity!"

Anon 1993

While meditating about the faith and works of some of God’s pioneers from previous generations, I began to petition the Lord to raise up more true pioneers; men and women of God who are not willing to take “no” for an answer; men and women of God who are willing to go the extra mile without complaining; men and women of God who long to make a way for others where there seems to be no way; men and women of God who care more about others than they do themselves; men and women of God who are willing to lay down their lives for someone whom they don’t even know.

There are still people groups that need to hear the Gospel message for the very first time, there are still souls that need to be saved, churches that need to be built, faith that needs to be released, and miracles that need to happen.

The church in much of the western wor
ld has been lulled to sleep with books, tapes and sermons that are relatively self-centred and watered down so badly that the Gospel seems to be of no effect. Why has this happened? What has gone wrong with the body of Christ? Whatever happened to true apostles paving the way for others to follow their lead? What happened to honesty and integrity in ministry? When Jesus walked on the face of this earth, He 
didn’t go around saying, “I am Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Teacher and Evangelist Jesus Christ.” I believe God wants us to think and act in the same manner in which Jesus acted and to be less interested in names, positions and titles and more interested in relationships.

What is the definition of a pioneer? A pioneer is one who goes before to remove obstructions for the purpose of preparing the way for others.

True pioneers of the Spirit are never satisfied. They are always looking for new ways and avenues to build God’s kingdom. They are hungry and thirsty for spiritual reality. They defy all limitations that man places upon them. They dance to the beat of a different drum. When faced with obstacles, they just climb over them in faith and keep on going. They don’t allow anyone or anything to stop them from doing the will of God. The word “compromise” is not even in their vocabulary.

True pioneers know how to shake heaven and hell with their prayers. They know what it means to“pray through” and “press on”. They don’t have a “give up” mentality. They are not concerned with fame, worldly wealth or riches. They are consumed with the call of God that’s upon their lives.

True pioneers will obey God and go wherever He tells them to go, while others would rather stay home and be “safe” in their Lazy Boy recliners watching TV shows that they shouldn’t be watching.

True pioneers are willing to lay down everything in order to gain Christ. They are willing to travel down roads that are not paved, but are long, hard, full of potholes and very rocky. They are fully aware that the way may not always be easy, but will one day be very rewarding.

The pioneers who travelled across America many years ago were always stopping to look from a high vantage point to see what might be in the path ahead of them. It’s the same for pioneers of the Spirit. We must be able to stop and spend some quality time with Jesus so He can show us what lies in the path ahead of us. We must not be ignorant of the enemy’s devices. We must know where we are going and what it’s going to take to get there. We must allow the Lord to give us strategies to overcome the enemy so we can walk in victory.

I believe that Jesus longs for every one of us to be pioneers in the Spirit. He wants us to do what He has called us to do without complaining, giving up and messing up. With His help, we can be successful in ministry. We can be successful as baby-sitters, mothers, husbands, wives, office workers, taxi cab drivers, waitresses, etc. The Lord wants the light of His Spirit on the inside of us shining brightly in the midst of deep darkness. He wants us to make a difference in this world.

Are we willing to give up some things that really mean a lot to us in order to get what the Lord desires to give to us? Are we willing to lay down our agendas and lay hold of His agendas?

When was the last time that you told the Lord, “I love you Lord.”? When was the last time that you got off your treadmill of doing your own thing to spend a little time with Jesus and the people that He so graciously loves? Why do we allow so many things to clutter our lives?

Serving Christ is not for wimps, but for warriors. We have been called to serve in God’s army. Are we dressed for battle and ready to take His marching orders? If so, God will grant us a pioneering spirit to do everything that He has called us to do for the expansion of His kingdom.

 

The Annual Report for last year is available to anyone who would like an electronic copy. Please email your request to Isobel in the church office and an e-version will be sent to you the next day the office is open. We hope to have hard copy versions available later in the year when the distribution of printed matter in our churches is permitted.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 1st September at 8pm, in the church.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 25 August at 8pm, in the church.