“God Equipping His Servants for Mission Work”
1st Sunday in Kingdomtide
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18
Another way how the evil forces work is through human institutions and leaders. Human systems and people in authority are the most ideal target of Satan’s activity. Why? Because of their great influence on others. Scripture asserts that human authorities were established by God to carry out good purposes (Romans 13:1-7). However, because they are operated by humans, still they are vulnerable to the influence of evil spiritual forces. And that is also true in the church. Though we regard it as Divine-Human institution, it remains to be an object of the enemy’s attack. In fact, it was mentioned in the Bible that, time will come when many will disguise themselves to be compassionate shepherds of the sheep, but in reality, they are wolves hungry for a victim. Again the Apostle Paul knew that. Remember, he was put in prison because of preaching the Gospel. On another occasion, he instructed Timothy, the pastor then in Ephesus, to “encourage people to pray for their kings and all in the authority, that they may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all goodness and reverence,” for the reason that God desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Indeed, the power of darkness never gets tired of subverting the purposes and plans of God. With all these truths, what then is Apostle Paul’s advice? In today’s reading, the Apostle Paul gave us a far more positive, constructive strategy to stand firm in keeping our faith against our “spiritual enemies” or the forces of evil. We have to put on the whole armor of God which is made up entirely of spiritual weapons such as: truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, God’s Word and prayer.
And what is God’s operational plan as we do His mission through us? How are we being prepared in doing it?