Dear Loved One,
If you ever need to be reminded of who you are as a believer and why you’re here in this hurting, heartbroken world, all you have to do is think of a sunrise. Imagine one with me for a moment, would you? Think of the most beautiful sunrise you’ve ever seen—
. . . The first blush of dawn banishing the night and painting the sky with purples and pinks . . . the freshness of the morning air . . . the warmth of the sun as it crests the horizon and spills across the waiting earth.
Few things are more breathtaking than the horizon at daybreak. It’s where creation preaches morning by morning about God’s power to conquer the darkness. It’s the line where heaven meets earth and nature speaks daily to all mankind of His faithfulness and love. And for us as believers it’s a place where we can see His highest purpose for our lives.
We are people of the horizon.
We stand between the possibilities of heaven and the need of earth, and it’s our actions that determine what’s released there.
On heaven’s side of the line, God has already made His will known. He “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 2:4). He wants sin’s dark night to be banished and every man, woman, and child to rejoice in the light of His abundant life.
But it won’t happen automatically, on its own. For God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, it must be done through us, His horizon people.
A Handkerchief Full of Coins
“But Pastor Jack,” you might say, “I don’t really feel qualified to be a horizon person. When I look at the staggering needs of the world around me, I sometimes feel as helpless and inadequate as a child.”
Me too. That’s why I’m glad that in the New Testament Jesus said this: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Lk. 12:32).
I’ll be forever grateful Jesus referred to us there as His “little flock.” He could have called us His sons and daughters. He could have identified us as disciples. But instead He described us as sheep.
Granted, being compared to sheep isn’t exactly a compliment. They’re not famous for being the most brilliant animals. Quite the opposite! They’re so helpless they always need someone to watch over them. They also have a tendency to get lost, which is why the Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray . . . ”
Yet in spite of it all, when Jesus told us about the Father giving us the kingdom, He referred to us as sheep. Why?
Because He wanted to reassure us! He wanted to say to us, “Even when you were lost in sin and had strayed like a sheep from the Shepherd, your sinfulness didn’t stop me from saving you. I solved your greatest problem when you were at your worst. So just depend on and follow me. You’ll be able to do everything I’ve called you to do. Don’t be afraid, little sheep. It’s your Father’s good pleasure to give you His kingdom.”
The word give is another word I’m grateful Jesus used. In the original Greek it implies a very deliberate action. It suggests the pressing of something into a person’s hand.
It reminds me of what my mother did for me as a child every Sunday morning. Before church, she gave me a handful of coins to put in the offering. She knew if she put them in my pocket, I’d pull them out to admire them and they’d slip through my fingers before I arrived. So she knotted them into a handkerchief. Then she pressed them into my chubby four year-old hands so at offering time they would be there, ready to for me to give.
This is the sort of picture I believe Jesus had in mind. The picture of our Heavenly Father pressing the resources of His kingdom firmly into our small, seemingly inadequate hands, and telling us, “Here, take it. You don’t need to fear. You won’t drop it or lose it. Just go and minister it whenever the need arises.”
Following the Ultimate Example
Exactly what does it look like when we minister the resources of God’s kingdom in this way? We see the example time and again in ministry of Jesus.
Think about what He did in the fifth chapter of Mark, for instance, when He encountered Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood. They both came running to Him at almost the same moment, each with desperate yet very different needs.
On one hand, Jairus’s situation was urgent and critical; his beloved little daughter had suddenly fallen ill and lay at the point of death. On the other hand, the woman with the issue of blood was trapped in a slowly unfolding nightmare that had sapped her life away for twelve long years. Having suffered many things from many physicians, “she had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse” (v. 26).
Think of the needs represented in these two lives! They’re the same kinds of needs we as people of the horizon encounter today: Families in peril facing critical, seemingly hopeless situations. Long nights of sorrow that drain away life and steal the promise of the dawn.
When Jesus was on earth, He met such needs by bringing the possibilities of heaven into manifestation: He resurrected Jairus’ daughter. He healed the woman and sent her home in peace.
“But that was Jesus,” you might say. “He’s the eternal King!”
Indeed, He is. But wherever the King is, the kingdom is there. And because the King has come to dwell within us as believers each one of us can say, “The King is here! What He did 2,000 years ago He wants to do through me today!”
You and I really are people of the horizon. God truly has pressed His kingdom into our hand. When we encounter needs too great for us to meet in our own human ability, we can respond to them with resources from heaven. We can meet them with God’s power, light, and love.
Better yet, we can do it not only as individuals but together! We can link arms in partnership and do more together to manifest God’s kingdom than we could on our own.
That’s why I’m inviting you today to join me as a partner in ministry. With your partnership and monthly support, this ministry can have a greater impact in this hurting, heartbroken world. We can work more effectively on the line between heaven and earth.
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Just think, Loved One, of all we can do as we partner together—all the people around the world we can bless with the Good News, all the believers we can help equip for God’s service. Just think of the lives we can touch and spiritual sunrises we can help bring forth. This is our purpose. This is what we’re here on earth to do. Let’s do it together!
With Gratitude and Love,
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