BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 9:35-38; MATTHEW 10:1-20; ACTS 8:1-40; JUDGES 6:11-24
“It was He who gave some to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be Evangelists, and some to be Pastors and Teachers, to prepare God’s People for Works of Service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:11-12(NIV).
Believers are not to be manipulated or become manipulators, but they certainly are to be mobilized. God has always moved through people who were motivated to action. Throughout the Bible, He called people to mobilize physical, spiritual, and financial resources to accomplish His Plans and Purposes.
To “mobilize” means to “put in a state of readiness for active service, to use one’s energies for action.” Mobilization refers to any event by which God’s People are awakened and kept moving and growing until they find their place of strategic involvement in the task of completing world evangelization. “Now those [believers] who had been scattered went from place to place preaching the Word [the good news of salvation through Christ].” Acts 8:4 (AMP).
Throughout the Bible, God worked His Plans and accomplished His Purposes through people who were mobilized for action. The Scriptures reveal that mobilization is Divinely Ordained and implied by descriptive terms in the Bible. It is illustrated in the Old Testament and in the New Testament Church, and it is central to the Command given to believers to fulfil the Great Commission.
One great Principle of mobilization is that God accomplishes great things through just a few people who are mobilized for His Purposes. We will call this the “Gideon Factor” of mobilization because it is illustrated by the story of Gideon.
In Judges 6:11-24(KJV), when the Angel appeared to Gideon, he wasn’t talking about fighting or penetrating the land. He was doing just the opposite, hiding from the enemy who had invaded the land after Israel had sown their seed. The enemy was stealing the harvest and Gideon was attempting to reap a limited harvest in secrecy and fear. This is a picture of much of the “reaping” activity going on in the world today. Believers are attempting to reap a Spiritual Harvest for God while cowering in fear and in hiding from the enemy. As long as we assume this defensive position, our “threshing out” of the grain will be limited. Like Israel, we will be greatly impoverished.
When the Angel spoke to Gideon, addressing him as a “mighty man of valour,” we can imagine that Gideon looked around and said to himself, “I don’t see any mighty warriors.” He did not really recognise that “the Lord was with him.” All Gideon saw was the overwhelming situation which surrounded him. He asked,“If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where be all His Miracles which our fathers told us of?” When we look at the condition of our nation and the world around us, we may question “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this befallen us?” It is discouraging. It is overwhelming. Where is God’s Miracle-Working Power?”
It is in this context of fear and doubt that God still calls “Gideons” today. The Truth of the “Gideon Factor” is that God calls weak people to do mighty things. The Angel told Gideon, “Go in this thy might… have not I sent thee?”
The only motivation that will empower us to meet the difficult challenges of our generation is the Promise that the Lord is with us. This Promise of His Presence is given to those who are mobilized to action and respond to His Call to go: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the Commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt. 28 :19-20(NLT).
Father, I pray that You send more labourers into Your Harvest in Jesus’ Name. Amen.