- The Lord created us to be a culture of blessing. JESUS is the full manifestation of God’s kingdom culture.
- We provide a voice (a message) to the culture. It makes us change agents. We are carriers of God's wisdom, hope, revelation, mercy. compassion ad direction.
- We are to infiltrate the culture not isolate ourselves from the culture.
- We are the Head not the Tail. The BEST tool we provide in the marketplace is success that has been shaped by God's presence in us. Success leads to influence. It is vital that righteous men and women occupy the seats of authority in every sphere of society.
The same thing happens in our expressions of faith and worship. We do things because that's the way we've always done them. And many default actions are good when we habitually go to the Lord in pray or naturally exercise our authority over satan when he tempts us. By default we should go into the Lord's presence.
But sometimes we do things in church "just because." Many aspects of our life in Him are filled with distraction. Now I am not espousing change for the sake of change but the Lord is challenging us to focus on Him and not just do "the default thing." Some actually came to Jesus having done the "right things" but He announced that He did not know them. (Matthew 7:22-23)
Paul writes: “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3).
Whether we are talking about our personal lives, the world around us or by our identity as the church - we must be defined by who He is. I cannot express with words the importance of our obedience to the Lord in the coming days. We are standing at a place in history where the Lord is depending on our intercessions, ministry, influence and headship.
We must allow our defaults to be set according to His pattern. As a matter of fact, in the middle of my sermon yesterday, one of our members declared that it is essential that we don't just go back to our own default but allow the Lord to hit the "reset" button. This takes us back to His original intentions for us. What a powerful word! Lord - reset us! Become our default.