(The Prequel) Mission in Action: The Jesus Agenda

Gowill be good Day Readers:

 

I am hoping and praying that you will be blessed by this piece.  This is the prequel to the Mission in Action Series.  The first was posted last year, Mission in Action (Time to punch in and go to work) and, the second was Mission in Action (Praying for a miracle in the middle of a mess).  Well if you like movies like I do, some films will add a prequel to see where it all began.  Well, here is my prequel to the Mission in Action Series, The Jesus Agenda.

 

Until next Time…

 

 

(The Prequel)  Mission in Action:  The Jesus Agenda

Matthew 9:35-38

 

 

 

 

As we worship on this first Mission Sunday of 2012, we can come to the conclusion that, while there is

 

time for worship, there is also time for work.  Yes, we can come to God’s house any day of the week and

 

sit in His pews, sings His songs, hear His Word and even pray that He will help us and help each other

 

according to His will.  But there still remains that task at hand that that task is that there is work to be

 

done.  Those of us that have been in the workforce currently, or retired, or even those of us that are

 

matriculating in some sort of post secondary education know that before you can begin to embark on

 

the tasks that have been laid before us, there has to be some sort of agenda outlining what needs to be

 

done in order to accomplish our goal.  If we look at the word “agenda” you will see what we are trying

 

to say here:

 

agenda
1745–55;  < Latin,  plural of agendum  that which is to be done,gerund of agere  to do; the plural orig. carried a collective sensedenoting the various items to be transacted

 

agenda  (əˈdʒɛndə)                                                                       
 
— n

1.

functioning as singular ) Also called: agendum  a schedule or   list of items to be attended to

2.

functioning as plural agendas , Also called: agendums matters to be attended to, as at a meeting of a committee
 

When we look at these examples of what an agenda really is, we can come to the conclusion that Jesus

 

has an agenda for His church.  The main reason He was born was that we all would have a right to the

 

tree of life but, while He was on earth, he set the ground rules, and the personal example for us to

 

follow.  In other words, before He came, He already had agenda in place.  All we have to do is accept the

 

fact that Jesus had an agenda and the Jesus Agenda is what the Church needs to use in order to save the

 

souls in these last days.

 

 

As we look in chapter 9 of Matthew’s Gospel, we see Jesus coming by ship to His own city of Galilee.  As

 

he left the ship, He healed a man sick with the palsy, a woman with an issue of blood that had lasted

 

twelve years, raised the daughter of Jarius from the dead, two blind men, a man that was possessed by

 

the devil, and still found time to go preaching and teaching to multitudes of people in their own villages

 

and synagogues.  Yet, while this was happening, He was ridiculed by priests and scribes for asking a tax

 

collector to follow Him and even going to his house to eat.  Toward the end of the chapter, Jesus says,

 

after seeing the crowd that was following Him, “Pray ye the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth

 

laborers into the harvest.

 

 

There are three points that we need to remember here.  We have to first remember that the Jesus

 

Agenda has not been nor ever will be popular.  When we go back to verses 2 and 3, we see that Jesus

 

healed a man that was sick with the Palsy.  The one thing that he told the man was to, “bee of good

 

cheer; thy sins are forgiven…”.  This is when the scribes said amongst themselves in verse 3, “this man

 

blasphemeth…”.  We have to realize that Jesus’ agenda is not popular, even among church folk.  How

 

many times have we set out to do the work of the Kingdom only to be laughed at or ridiculed by folks

 

that think you’re trying to showboat or trying to “take over the meeting”?  How many times have you

 

tried to being someone to Christ only to have them look at you funny, or say you’re trying to shove

 

religion down their throats, or even just flat out tell you that God doesn’t even exist?  Well, whether

 

they think that you think that you are better than they are, or whether they look at you and call you a

 

“holy roller”, or whether they believe that there is no God at all, we have to understand that we as

 

Christians are on a mission and that mission is all part of the Jesus Agenda.

 

 

We understand that the Jesus Agenda may not be popular to some folks in the world but that does not

 

mean that it does not go unnoticed.  If you go to verse 23 we will see that Jesus’ agenda had already

preceded Him:

 

“And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and when He saw the minstrels and the people making

 

noise, He said unto them ‘Give place:  for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth.  And they laughed at Him

 

in scorn.  But when the people were put forth, He went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid

 

arose.  And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land…”

 

 

In other words, when it comes to the Jesus agenda, it may not be popular but, when we see just how

 

mighty His works are, and we can be a witness to the blessings He can bestow upon those that believe,

 

it won’t be long before somebody hears about it because good news travels fast!  I remember when

 

both of my boys were born.  That in itself is the best miracle that God can ever give anyone that desires

 

to be a parent.  But I tell you, it wasn’t even minutes after they had come into the world that I got

 

several phone calls congratulating their mother and me and we hadn’t even gotten to the nursery to

 

spend any time with them.  I’m saying all of that to say this.  Jesus’ Agenda is NOT something that can be

 

related to time and mere circumstance.  His agenda is His alone and whether we like it or not the

 

agenda will go forth even if it takes a miracle for it to happen.

 

 

The last thing we need to realize, when it comes to the Jesus Agenda is that it is not popular, it will not

 

go unnoticed but it will give us a harvest with enough work to go around.  Once word got around that

 

Jesus was traveling from city to city healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the

 

people, He noticed that the word got around and that there were a whole lot of folk coming to see a

 

man that help them with any and every problem.  Yes, He could have healed everybody He came in

 

contact with and them some but, He was giving us instructions for us to use when He went back to

 

glory.  The mission of the Church is not just to sit idly by hoping someone would happen to walk in

 

destitute, fallen on hard times, and in need of a handout.  Yes, we are to come and worship Him and

 

give Him all of the glory, honor and all of the praise but, if you really study this text, you will see that

 

Jesus did more teaching, did more preaching, and did more healing OUTSIDE of the church.  Sometimes

 

we have to get away from the House in order to go fishing.  Back up in verse 9 Jesus was still in Galilee,

 

when He passed Matthew and told him, “follow me”.  Then we find Him eating and drinking with

 

publicans, sinners, and all kinds of folk. In other words, in order to get the agenda out, Jesus hung out

 

with the wrong crowd.  His agenda made it perfectly clear:

 

 

-In order for us to reap the harvest , we must first go out and plant some seeds – That’s the agenda

 

-In order for us to do some good, we to GO and help those who have it bad that have it bad – That’s the agenda.

 

-In order for the world to see Jesus in us, we have to love the devil out of them – That’s the agenda

 

-But in order for us to “Punch in and go to work”, we have to be familiar with the agenda in the first place – THAT’S THE AGENDA!

 

All I’m simply trying to get across to us here is that we can’t do anything for the mission that is already in

 

action without first getting a copy of this agenda so that we, as the church, can believe in he mission,

 

can join the mission, be part of the mission, get involved in the mission, help complete the mission, so

 

when that day comes when we all get to Heaven we tell our Lord and Savior, MISSION

 

ACCOMPLISHED!!! Just like the songwriter said:

 

STILL BLESSED

Each day that I live, He gives more than I need
and I could never describe His goodness to me
if you ask how I make day after day
there is only one thing I can say

(chorus)
its been a long journey but I have been blessed
walking with Jesus, I have no regrets
He is so good to me and I must confess
the way has been long but I’m blessed

All that I need I find at his feet
when I’m hungry he feeds me with manna so sweet
when my soul is weary he sends peace and rest
and all I can say is I’m blessed

Now I’ve had my share of sunshine and rain
days filled with laughter and nights filled with pain
but with every mile as I travel this way
the journey gets sweeter each day

(repeat chorus)

I’M BLESSED
so much more than I ever deserve
I’M BLESSED
he’s been faithfully keeping His word
I’M BLESSED
I’ve been cleansed by the hand of the Lord

I’m blessed, I’m blessed, I’m blessed

(repeat chorus)

the way has been long but I’m blessed

the way has been long but I’m blessed

 

Blog Rewind

Happy New Year!!!

Good Day Readers;

I am so happy to be in 2012 and I hope that you are as well.  I was reading over some of my previous posts from the very beginning and I must say that I’ve had a lot on my mind…lol  Well I wanted to re-share one with you that I thought would be fitting for beginning the new year.  I present to you again, The Crows vs The Hawk: 

https://myzenmypiece.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/the-crows-vs-the-hawk/

Until Next Time…