Productive Wilderness Life Series (Part 10) – Integrating the Father’s Love
We have finally arrived at part 10 of our series, “Productive Wilderness Life.” It is extremely heartbreaking to me that so many Christians are stuck when it comes to knowing how to grow into the destiny God has for them. In previous posts from this series I have covered how to embrace our “Sonship Identity,” the ways legalism holds us back, and unpacked what walking in the Father’s love really looks like.
And now in this final post I want to speak about your calling.
Called to the Nations
Every Christian is called to the nations. Let me elaborate. Wilderness Life has as its end the Promised Land — your place of calling and destiny, the very thing God created you to do on this earth.
Here are 3 key verses that speak about your calling:
Psalms 2:8 — Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
Song 8:8 — we have a little sister, and she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister in the day when she is spoken for? (Will you equip the “little sisters” God places in your life to be the Bride of Christ?)
Matthew 28:19-20 — Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
So how do you know which “nation” you are called to?
You look to the realm of influence God has given you.
All Are Called
Ephesians 4:11,12 — So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for work of ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
Everyone has a “work of ministry ” of some kind they are called to.
All Have A Sphere
2 Cor.10:13 — But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure (Greek – Metron) of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.
Vine’s Expository on Metron: “referring to the sphere Divinely appointed for the Apostle as to his Gospel ministry; this had reached to Corinth ametros.”
All are called to the nations, to a sphere — an area where you’re connected to people. You have a sphere of influence God has appointed to you. Be life giving there.
Paying the Price
Why take God’s love to the nations (your metron)? Why endure the hardship? Because the work God will do in us and through us is absolutely priceless and nothing on earth is more fulfilling than walking in your God created purpose.
God’s heart is for people. The earth is cursed with fatherlessness and God wants to use us to set people free and restore them to intimacy with Him.
Here’s a staggering statistic: Children raised in single parent homes has gone from 20% to 70% in the past 50 years.
A large part of integrating the Father’s love is learning to give it away. As we work through our “wilderness-life” issues and become more firmly grounded in love ourselves, there is nothing more exciting in the world than to connect with others and see them healed, restored, and equipped in the Father’s love too.