BEYOND THE BORDERS
Man talks about settling down in many occasions during his course of life journey. Thinking of job settlement comes after completing graduation. Then followed by marriage, settling of children and the list goes on and on. Basically, individuals like to settle in their own areas after being in one place many years.
The word ‘settlement’ or ‘settle down’ are not in believers dictionary. From Genesis to Revelation God has revealed that the man’s journey is a pilgrimage and not sitting in one place. He keeps the person for short period to do His mission and then moves from that place to another needy places.
In Gen. 1:28 God commanded mankind to fill the earth and subdue it. It has not been fulfilled due to the fallen nature. Further they had planned to be in one place by building a tower of Babel (Gen 11). In New Testament, we see that God has sent His own son (beyond heavenly border) to rescue us from the fallen nature and also to reinstate the commandment to His disciples after His resurrection. The commandment is to go throughout the world in order to make disciples. But, disciples had settled down in Jerusalem instead of going all over the world. God intervened in the history by making Stephen as a martyr that has made disciples to spread over the world. Moving beyond the borders for the purpose of mission has been defeated due to different reason. Let’s turn the page of Bible and reckon the factors which make us to confine in our areas instead of spreading our tentacles beyond the borders.
A. Complacent: Complacent penetrates into human’s life after achieving any task. In 2 Sam 10:18, we see that David killed seven hundred charioteers and forty thousand horsemen of the Syrians and struck Shobach the commander of their army who died there. Next chapter, we see that David switched on to complacent mode that has made him to fall and the rest of the book describes the consequence of his fall. As a believer, we tend to relax between the accomplishment of short task and not moving forward to do more for God. The crucial period is standing on the middle of the road by thinking of great achievement that creeps complacent in to our heart. In the life journey of Jesus Christ, He never ever recalls or boasts about His past achievements or miracles. He focussed on the Cross and moved forward. Let us also focus on great reward in heaven and move forward without any intermittent complacent stopping.
B. Comfort: Comfort confines our move from going beyond borders. Jesus rebukes Peter and John when they suggested putting a tent in Mount Zion during His transfiguration event on the mountain (Math 17:1-13). Peter & Co. wanted to be in a spiritual and physical comfort zone instead of coming down to being with people. Similarly, people like to have spiritual tent in the form of enjoying revelation, prophecy, miracles, 24/7 praise and worship with contemporary music’s etc. The same zeal may not be visible when one talks about prayer, Bible reading (quiet time and personal Bible study) and mission of reaching out other souls and doing God’s will. Leaving a comfort zone is difficult task for anyone in this world. But only, God’s Spirit works in such a way that will break our comfort areas and make us to move forward. The book of Acts is an example of people moving from city to city, country to country and nation to nation. The book of Acts can be called as the book of beyond the borders. For instance, Aquila and Priscilla moved from Italy to Corinth due to Claudius rule (Acts. 18:2). Paul had three missionary journeys. Let us break away our Spiritual, emotional, mental and physical comforts and trust on Comforter’s comfort in order to move forward to fulfil His mission in our life.
C. Closeness: Silent is one of the best ways to avoid revealing the inner closeness (lack of openness) about disagreement of the facts or not able to understand the facts. Closeness develops in a spiritual man by his ignorance, forefathers teaching, Culture, customs, set of rules, tradition and at last but not least is Satan. The closeness leads to numbness which is dangerous to revive the spiritual man. For instance, set of rules that has gone in to the back of mind such as ‘going to developed country is to earn money but going to underdeveloped country is a mission. Missionary has to wear slippers with a shoulder bag and to live in a remote place’. The closeness comes when our eyes are not opened to see the reality. Nehemiah had seen the reality and went to Jerusalem with a mission. But the people in Jerusalem had missed it. Mordecai who was living out of palace saw the dangerous law passed by the king. But the queen Esther didn’t know even though she is living inside the palace. In this context, Jesus rebuked disciples after He conversed with Samaritan woman due to the earthly thinking of food and water not about God’s will. Further, He commanded the disciples to open the eyes to look at the field in John 4:34, 35b. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest”. As His disciples, Let us not be complacent by doing little things for God and telling it again and again. Further let us not be talking about past spiritual experience and forget about the present need. Finally, come out from closeness and see the reality of this world and ask God to do His will in our life.
Peter Joseph Glocal youth vision 423, Railway Road, Shenton Park, WA 6008Australia.
What is Sexting:
• Exchange images of a sexual nature with a boyfriend r girlfriend. • Sharing images of a sexual nature with someone you like • Passing around images of a sexual nature to groups or friends without permission.
What is post Christianity?.
Postchristianity is the decline of Christianity, particularly in Europe and Australia, in the 20th century, considered in terms of postmodernism. It may include personal world views, ideologies, religious movements or societies that are no longer rooted in the language and assumptions of Christianity, at least explicitly, though it had previously been in an environment of ubiquitous Christianity (i.e.,Christendom). Australia News: • 51% of Australian 8-11 year olds use social network services including Bebo, Club Penguin, Facebook, MSN Messenger and My space. • 80% Australian Teens have a facebook network. • More than 75% of Australian Teens are considered to be heavy internet users. • 43% of Australian Teens aged 16-17 years say that their mobile phone is extremely important in their lives and 29% said the same of the internet.
WA: • 37% West Australian over than 15 years of age who drink at high risk levels and long term harm.