This message today really began as a prophecy. A few weeks ago a word was given at our Star Lake service. It went something like this: The presence of the Lord is in this place, the presence of the Lord is in this place, and this is just the beginning. This is just a taste. This is just the beginning of the outpouring of My presence in this place. I call you sent-out ones, sent out not just to this building but to these people. All of you are called sent-out, sent out by Me. There are people who need you. I know their names, I know their burdens, I know their concerns. I need you to go to them. It is not just the pastor, or the evangelist or worship team I send out. I send you out, everyone here today listening to My voice I am sending out. You have been called by Me, chosen by Me for this purpose. All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I command you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
We are sent.
Jesus is our best example of a sent-one. Today we will look at the choices Jesus made in order to have His sending assignment reach its successful conclusion. He had to make some hard choices, but He longed to please His Father. So, He chose to be sent.
John 20:21 The Father sent Jesus, He then sends the disciples, who teach us His commands. Many of you have congratulated me on this promotion, on this new assignment, thank you, but understand this is not just for me. We are sent.
Sending implies going (Php 2:5-11)
Jesus is asking us to do the very thing He has done. Asking us to make the same hard choices He made; asking us to leave the prestigious for the lowly, the known for the unknown, the comfortable for the risky.
What heart attitudes did Jesus choose?
Jesus chose to lay down His divine privileges. He laid down power beyond our imagination, willingly.
Being sent means you are not in charge. You are under authority.
Each of you has a calling, an assignment. Are you willing to be sent? Will you come under and choose to follow?
Jesus chose the path of weakness. This was a path completely foreign to Him. He, the crown prince of heaven, had never been a baby in a manger, a laborer on a job site, an itinerant preacher, a rejected, crucified savior.
We prefer the known to the unknown dont we. Change can be very frightening. It takes courage to face the unknown and keep moving forward into it.
Courage is not an emotion. It is a choice. The decision to act even when we are placed at significant risk of harm. Because it is a choice and not an emotion any of us can do it.
Self sacrifice (v8)
Jesus was willing to serve and lay down His life as a ransom for many. He was sent for the benefit of others. He knew this would ultimately be a blessing for Him too, but while He was on the earth it was going to be a sacrifice.
We can do this; we, the sent ones.
Do you sacrifice for your kids, with a future of blessing in your mind? Sure you do. Do you sacrifice for your family? Sure you do. All we need to do is expand our idea of who is part of the family!! For self sacrifice to look like Jesus, we simply need to include in our family whomever we are sent to. That is a choice. Anyone can do it.
It took a long time for the time to be right. How many thousands of years elapsed between Genesis 3:15 and Luke chapter 1? Jesus had to wait for just the right time. God the Father knew when, but Jesus had to wait.
Holy Spirit led
Jesus was not sent off by Himself (Jn 8:29) and neither are we (Jn 16:7). The Holy Spirit is our leader and our moment by moment guide. If we are to be successful in our sentness we must have a close relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Be baptized with the Holy Spirit, Jesus was (Lk 3:21,22). This will increase your spiritual sensitivity.
Watch for His guidance.
the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing (Jn 5:19). How did Jesus see? He saw through the Holy Spirit, words of knowledge, and wisdom, pictures, and visions.
Obey His voice, Jesus did (Lk 4:1).
Jesus chose heart attitudes which kept Him lined up with His call. When the time was right the Father sent Him to serve in the power of the Spirit.
As we approach the communion table let us search our hearts and repent of any choice we have made that hinders our call. He is ready and able to forgive and to recommission us as His sent ones.
1) Who have you been sent to?
2) Which of these decisions of Jesus is hardest for you to follow?
3) Have you been baptized with the Holy Spirit? Can we pray for you?