Summary: 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
By: Donna J. Kazenske
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 world has been lulled to sleep with books, tapes and sermons that are relatively self-centered 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? What ever happened to true apostles paving the way for others to follow their lead? What ever happened to honesty and integrity in ministry?
There seems to be “apostles” on every street corner and in every church building in every nation today. Billboards in church yards announce “Apostle You Know Who” will be ministering at The Apostolic Church of Apostles with Apostle Samuel leading the worship. It’s easy to claim a title and have it look good when it’s placed in front of our names, but God is not interested in titles. God is interested in those who are interested in Him.
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.” He never even declared Himself to be God. He just said, “I am the Son of God – Son of Man.” He was satisfied with just being a son. I believe God wants us to think and act in the same manner in which Jesus acted. He wants us to enjoy our status of being sons and daughters in His kingdom. Jesus didn’t say, “I will pour out My Spirit on all My apostles and prophets.” He said, “I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh…..My sons and My daughters.”
There’s more to life than names, positions and titles. God is interested in relationship.
Five-fold ministers are definitely gifts to the body of Christ, but when we begin to worship the gifts instead of the gift giver, we are walking on very shaky unstable ground. There’s only One who is worthy to be praised and worshipped on a consistent basis and His name is Jesus. We must never exalt ourselves to any position that Jesus has not placed us.
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.