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Impact for God

by Erik Momsen

We heard previously about a man called Jabez who was born, named and lived in sorrow and pain.  His fate was however changed by a great God who answered a bold prayer.  His story goes:

"Jabez was more honourable than his brothers.  His mother named him Jabez, saying 'I gave birth to him in pain'. Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain'.  And God granted his request".
(1 Chronicles 4:9,10)

Jabez had the wisdom to call out to God in his desperation and placed his fate in the Lord's hands.  He was bold enough to ask for blessing and wise enough to trust that God knew best.

Jabez knew also that God blesses us to be a blessing to the nations.  This program of God using the blessed to bless others goes back at least as far as Abraham. God says to him, "I will surely bless you ... all nations will be blessed because you obeyed me." (Genesis 22:18,19)

Jabez prays "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!".  He was praying for more than some extra land.  He was praying for more influence, responsibility and opportunity to make and impact for God.  Jabez was calling on the creativity, fruitfulness and desire to make things better that resided in his heart.

Jabez was a herdsman and hence asked God for more of what he was called and gifted to do.  More land for his herds so they can prosper and increase and hence bless his family and servants.  Your prayer might sound something like; "Lord increase the influence and impact of my business/teaching/public relations so I can touch more lives for you and your kingdom".

Even as people find it strange to pray "Oh, that you would bless me ..." because their ideas about blessing and the Father's heart are wrong.  They also find it hard to pray "enlarge my territory!" because the can hardly cope with their lives as it is.  However, when we pray "enlarge my territory!" God supernaturally increases our opportunities, abilities and resources.  We do not do it in our own strength!

People are wonderfully surprised to see God in action and are motivated and enthused by being part of what God is doing.  Jesus confirmed this pattern when he said "my food is to do the will of Him who sent me". (John 4:34)

Our doubt stems from self-reliance.  We get a sense of what God is calling us to do, add up our personal abilities, experience and resources and find out the vision is too big for us.  We however forget that God takes what we have and adds His supernatural blessing to it.  God works through and even despite us.  He is shown to be strong in our weakness.

The Bible is a book of miracles, and most Christians long to see miracles, but we seldom put ourselves in a position where God needs to perform one.  If you are taking little steps and doing little projects for God you probably don't need His help.  But if you see the great need of the world and God's great love for the world you will find yourself having to take giant steps.  It is at this point that you need wings of angels.  It is at this point that you must have a miracle.

The prayer "enlarge my territory!" is a prayer of people who have creativity, compassion and faith.  At the point where they have tried to feed 5000 with a few buns and some fish they will see the hand of God.  These people will see God at work and their faith will grow and doubt will die.

With this their own blessing will grow even more for God has promised:
"Seek first the kingdom and His righteousness and all things will be given to you". (Matthew 6:33)

Finale

Christians were born (again) to "enlarge territory" and "seek the kingdom".  Apart from this there is little joy and excitement.

"For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Galatians 2:10)

Date Added: 2010-05-11

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