In this message, we learn that the forgiveness of Jesus results in the mission of God.
All right. Hey everybody welcome to Valley Creek Church. I am so glad that you’re here.
If this is your first time, welcome and maybe you’re coming back after Easter, we’re so glad that you’re here. We had great Easter services last weekend. In fact we had the most amount of people we’ve ever had at Valley Creek Church last week for Eastern.
Here’s what I want to say to you is, I want to say thank you. Thanks for inviting people. Thanks for going out of your way to create space and giving up your seat and parking far from the building and serving. Thanks for being gracious and kind and putting the love of Jesus on display. There was a whole lot of people that experienced the unexpected because you were willing to put the love of Jesus on display last weekend. And remember, our whole vision is just to help people take next steps on their journey with Jesus. So we want to reach people in our city and just help them start taking next steps. And a whole bunch of people took next steps last weekend. So well done. I love what God is doing.
I got a couple of quick announcements for you before we jump in, make sure you get it. We put the link in the middle of the service this week because it’s a big month and we have a lot of things going on. And normally the link, it’s the first minute of every service, every week. So if that’s the first time you’ve ever seen the link.
It means press the coffee button sooner. That’s what it means. We do that the first minute of every service every week because just want you to know it’s happening here at Valley Creek Church. And some big things this month, is one is, we’ve got baptisms coming up. And so if that’s your next step, if you’re a follower of Jesus and haven’t been baptized, that’s your next step. Get baptized. I promise you, you will not regret it. We then have our first ever Equip Gathering coming up, which is basically a gathering where there will be a whole bunch of practical teaching, breakout sessions for you to get equipped in areas of your life like marriage and parenting and finances, hearing from the voice of God. We’ve heard from you that those are things you would like. So we got this great Equip Gathering coming up. Don’t miss it.
And then on May 1st, we have a live worship recording that’s going to be incredible. Some of the new songs our team has written, you haven’t even heard them yet. It’s going to be amazing. And so we want to fill this room full of people that are going to worship because in the recording, you can actually record the presence of God into the recording so that as we give it to people and they’re in their cars, in their homes, with their families, with their kids as they play it, the presence of God invades their life. So May 1st, be here for that and help us worship, it’s going to be amazing. Okay. If you got a bible, John 20 and Luke 4. John 20 and Luke 4, we’re going to start in John 20 because there’s some things I need to tell you about where we are as a church. But really the message is in Luke 4. So stay with me for a minute, let me set it up and we’ll get to the message here. John 20 starting in verse 19, this is the first time the resurrected Jesus appears to His disciples, here is what it says. “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said peace be with you.
After He said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, I am sending you and with that He breathed on them and said, receive the Holy Spirit.” So picture it, Jesus, their master, He’s been crucified, buried in the grave and the disciples are afraid. If they could kill their master, the Jews could certainly come and kill them. So they’re hiding in a room and the resurrected Jesus appears to them and says, “Peace be with you,” which reminds us that it’s the presence of Jesus that always brings the peace of Heaven. I don’t know what’s happening in your life, what kind of stress or chaos or relational carnage that maybe going on. It’s the presence of Jesus that brings the peace of Heaven. And Jesus shows up and He says, “Peace be with you.” And the first thing He does it says He shows them His hands and His side. He shows them the nail scars in His hand and the spear hole in His side.
He shows them His scars, in a sense He’s showing them the finished work of the cross of Jesus and He is saying, look at me. He is saying guys, look at this. This is who you now are. He’s showing them the finished work, the scars in His hands and His side saying, this is who you now are, that you are now defined by what I just did. You are no longer defined by what you have done. And when He is showing them His scars, what’s He’s doing is He’s declaring their identity. He’s saying this is who you now are. You’re not sons. You’re free. You’re forgiven. You’re righteous. You’re accepted. You’re beloved. He’s declaring their identity in this moment. So you have to remember that Jesus is not a picture of who I can become, He’s a mirror of who I now am. That Jesus is not a picture of somebody I can someday become if I get religious enough, try hard enough, behave just right, no. He’s a mirror of who I now am. Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ, it’s no longer I who live, it’s Christ who lives within me.” 1 John 4:17, “As He is so we are in this world.”
Or Romans 5:19, through the disobedience of one man, Adam, that many were made sinners, identity statement, that’s who we were, but through the obedience of one man Jesus, that many were made righteous, identity statement. The finished work of the cross of Jesus changes our identity. And so He shows them the scars and His side, the finished work and then it says He breathes on them. He breathes on them and says, receive the Holy Spirit. And this is the moment the disciples get saved. If you ever wonder what’s the disciple’s salvation moment it’s this. This is when they become a new creation and go from death to life and are born again. It’s very reminiscent of Adam in the creation story in Genesis chapter 1 and 2 when God creates Adam out of the dust to the ground and it says, He breathes into him and brings him to life, just what Jesus just did. And what you have to remember is that, it’s not our behavior, it’s our belief that determines our identity.
John 1:12 says, “To all who received Him and believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” He breathes into us when we believe and receive. That is the very thing that changes our identity. And so, the resurrected Jesus shows up and the first thing He does with the disciples is He deals with their identity. And the first thing the resurrected Jesus will do with you is deal with your identity. It always starts with identity. And if you’ve been at Valley Creek Church for any period of time over this last season, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about identity. I’ve preached on identity, I’ve worked it probably into almost every message we’ve preached, it’s been in our groups, in our gatherings, in our classes. I mean it’s been in everything that we do because it always begins with identity and a broken identity is the plague of humanity. That’s what sin has done to us. It’s literally broken our identity. We don’t even know who we are anymore. And in fact, you can be a follower of Jesus and still have no idea who you really are in Him.
And I would go so far as to say, I think much of the modern day church is a follower of Jesus but we don’t really know who we are. And so, my hope over this last probably 18 months, really we’ve been digging into it, more than through it, is that you’re starting to believe that you are who God says you are. That you’re starting to believe you’re a son or a daughter, righteous, accepted, forgiven, free, loved. I hope you believe, Romans 12:2 has been taking place and you be transformed by the renewing of your minds that there’s a change that’s been happen, as you change the way you thought. I hope you’ve had some repentance, which repentance doesn’t mean feeling really bad about yourself it means to change your mindset. There’s been a change in the way you think that you no longer are in alignment with Satan and what He says about you. But you’re now in alignment with God and what He says about you. I’ve been trying to saturate our hearts with this truth. Romans 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of God.”
Whatever you’re hearing, your faith in that thing begins to grow. So I’ve been trying to communicate and saturate the soil of our hearts with this truth. That’s why we keep looking at Jesus, who He is, is who you now are. And so the resurrected Jesus shows up, He defines the disciple’s identity and then He gives them their mission. In verse 21, He says, “The Father has sent me so I send you.” He gives them their identity and then He gives them their mission and let’s all agree that’s a pretty big statement. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. I can picture the disciples being like, “Whoa, time out J man, I don’t think so.” Like you do the mission and we just follow and golf clap you wherever you go, “Yeah Jesus” and you’re really good at what you’re doing. We’re really good at golf clapping, like I don’t think so. And that’s how we feel. When God asked you to invite somebody to Easter service, to join a serving team, be a next small group leader, to pray for someone, share your story, were like “whoa, whoa, whoa, time out J man, you do that stuff. I just cheer you on back here.”
No, no, no. As the Father has sent me so I send you. That word sent in the original language, it literally means with the full authority and empowerment of the sender which means Jesus was sent with the full authority and the empowerment of the Father and you are now sent with the full authority and empowerment of Jesus. That’s what you don’t have to stress out about. And what I want you to see is the order. He defines their identity and then He talks purpose, because identity always leads you to purpose. Who you are determines what you do. The forgiveness of Jesus always leads us to the mission of God. He will restore your identity so that you can step into your purpose and live the life that God created for you to live. Again, go back and look at Adam in the creation account. God creates him, breathes life into him, raises him to life and when He brings him to life, God declares His identity.
First thing He does, you are Adam. You are my son. You are made in my image and my likeness. He defines his identity and then the very next thing He does in Genesis 1:28 is He gives him purpose. Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth, rule over it and subdue it. Identity first, purpose second. In fact what I’m trying to say to you is this, is you will never discover your purpose in this life until you fist discover your identity. If you don’t know who you are created to be, you will never know what you are created to do. If I don’t know who I am, I use what I do to somehow try to define who I am. And that’s the cycle that a lot of us live our lives in. We don’t really know who we’re created to be, so we don’t know what we’re created to do. So we have a job and activity and performance and striving and we do all these things to use those as a badge of honor to somehow try to define for ourselves and for the world around us who we are. But that’s not how it works. Identity always leads to purpose. I mean that’s why the mission of God, whenever you talk the mission of God, the mission of God always starts with what Jesus has done, not with what we have to do.
Before Jesus asks you to do anything, He will always show you that He has already done everything. Listen, I don’t do ministry or the mission to become someone. I do the ministry, I do the mission because I am someone. I don’t do mission to become significant. I do mission because I am significant. You don’t do the mission for approval. You do the mission because you already are approved in Jesus. I don’t have to do anything for God because He has already done everything for me. And so now, I get to do the right things with God and it’s no longer a burden, it’s a privilege. Does that make sense? You see a restored identity will always create a renewed purpose in your life and you’ll find it all over the bible. I mean think of Moses. God comes to Moses and He says Moses, I want you to set 2 million Israelites slaves free. Huge purpose, huge mission,
And the first thing Moses does is to say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Who am I God? I can’t to it. Send someone else.” Who am I? He can’t do his purpose because he doesn’t know who he is. And so God answers the question and says “Moses, you are the one I am with.” In other words, Moses you are the one I want to be with. That’s your identity. He declares his identity and then Moses can go live his purpose and set 2 million slaves free. How about Gideon? Gideon feels like He is a loser, like He is the least of this, like no one would ever want him. And God comes to Gideon and says, “Greetings mighty warrior.” He defines his identity and then says, “Now go and set the Israelites free from the hand of the Midianites.” Identity first, purpose second. How about the woman at the well? The woman has been married five times, full of shame and guilt and condemnation. She’s at the well. Jesus engages with her and gives her springs of living water. So much so that she doesn’t need a water jug anymore, she leaves and he declares her identity and she runs into her town and says, “Come meet the man who told me everything I ever did, His name is Jesus.’
And she becomes the first evangelist in the gospel for us. Identity first, purpose second. One more, how about Jesus? Do you realize for 30 years on this earth, Jesus didn’t do the mission. He didn’t do the ministry because He was waiting for His identity to be declared. When Jesus gets baptized at 30 years old, He goes under the water, He comes up and the Father says, this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. His identity is declared and it launches Him into His purpose, into His mission, into His ministry. Identity always leads you to purpose. In fact, if you don’t know who you are, you will use the mission of God to find your own significance. That’s religion. If you don’t know who you are, you use the mission of God to find your own significance. And if you’ve been in church any period of time in your life, you’ve either played this game you’ve watched it play.
This is religion. This is where I got to do this, I got to do that, I got to serve here, I got to help the poor people over there, I got to do this thing. We have all these pressures because if I do all of these stuff, maybe I can gain the approval of God or the approval of man. Okay. If you know who you are, you don’t use the mission of God, you do the mission of God because you are significant. If I know who I am, I’m free to love and give and serve, be generous. Do his mission without any expectation of anything in return. And so here’s what we’ve been as a church, this last season we’ve dug really far down to create the foundation or the pillar of our identity. And we’ve gone really hard after, really far and we’ve created this foundation of identity so that we can now start talking about purpose and our mission. And so in this next season, we’re going to talk more about purpose and mission, what God has created us to do because we now know who we’re created to be. And so everything I tell you, I need you to run it through to stand strong on the identity foundation that all these things we’re talking about, we don’t do them now to become someone.
We do them because we are someone. Okay. Does that make sense? Can you receive that?
Can you receive that?
Do you understand all the identity we’ve been talking about?
Sometimes I want you to not just understand the “what,” I want you to understand the “why.” It’s another layer of thinking. I want you to understand the why we’ve done this, this order because that’s the order in the bible. It’s God’s way. If you get your identity, you can then live your purpose. But if we all do is talk purpose without identity, you will use the mission of God in a faulty way. So we don’t get people to do the mission of God by telling them they have to. We lead people to the mission of God by telling them who they already are in Heaven. And so I’ve been trying to lead you to the mission of God by telling you who you are over this last season. And so if you’re saying, well I’m just kind of new to this whole thing, awesome. The water level has risen and all of the digging that we have to do as a church, you just get to start where we already are.
So jump in and watch what God is going to do. Okay? Okay. So, flip over with me Luke 4 because here’s what I think is happening in this moment, that all make sense?
We’re good, good?
Say we’re good, good?
Here’s what I think [Laughs] is happening in this moment. Jesus says – let’s remember, at the end of the day I’m always a leader. So I’m always trying to give you the why and take you somewhere. I want to paint the picture for you. So there you go, for whatever that’s worth. I should have just left it at good, good. We were good there.
Didn’t need that extra statement, it’s just still spinning in my mind [Laughs] to make sure you got it. It’s a big statement. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. The disciples are trying to process the magnitude of that. And so I think in their mind, they would have gone to Luke 4, they didn’t have a bible in their mind but they would have remembered Jesus is self-described mission statement. In Luke 4:18-19, this is Jesus’ self-defined mission statement. He says, “The spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
The disciples would have thought about Jesus’ mission statement and they would have realized Jesus just said, as the Father had sent me so I send you, which means those verses are no longer just true of Jesus they are now true of you. If that’s what the Father sent Jesus to do and Jesus now sends you in the same way, those verses are now true of your life. And there’s three things the disciple would have pieced together that makes up one sentence that I want to unpack for you, three really simple things that they would have got. First this is this, we are anointed. We are anointed. Verse 18, Jesus says, “The spirit of the Lord is on me, He has anointed me.” We would all agree that Jesus was a pretty anointed guy, yes? He was pretty anointed. He could raise the dead, heal the sick, cleanse lepers, cast out demons, He was amazingly anointed and yet He did all of His ministry through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit not as the Son of God.
Everything Jesus did was under the empowerment of the Holy Spirit not as the Son of God which is really important for you and I because if He did everything as the Son of God, His divine nature, we couldn’t do that which He did. We couldn’t be sent in the same way as He was sent if He did it as the Son of God. No. He did it as a man empowered by the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth.” Anytime it says Jesus of Nazareth in the bible of son of man, it’s talking about His humanity side. Remember, he’s 100% man, 100% God. This is talking about His humanity. So Jesus the man was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power and how He went around doing good and healing all those who are under the power of the devil because God was with Him. Jesus didn’t do it because of His divine nature, He did all the things He did through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit which means you have the same anointing Jesus had because you have the same Holy Spirit that Jesus had.
Same Holy Spirit that Jesus did all of the miracles, all the things we’ve read about and are amazed by, you now have that same anointing. In fact God will never send you to do something that he doesn’t empower you to do. If he sends you, he anoints you. If He sends you like Jesus, He anoints you like Jesus. And there’s two things with the Holy Spirit that you just have to remember in your mind, okay. The Holy Spirit is in you and upon you as a follower of Jesus. Same Holy Spirit Jesus had, same Holy Spirit that was in and upon Him is in and upon you and me as followers of Him. Acts 1:8, “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” Same power Jesus had, you and I now have, and what you have to remember is the Holy Spirit is in you. And the Holy Spirit gives a spiritual gift, moves of grace, super natural empowerment. And what a lot of us think is, “Oh man I only have like one spiritual gift.” I just had this – what probably we’ve been taught in our life, you have this one gift, like you have the gift the mercy, that’s all you can do, these merciful thing, you have to give the mercy.
Okay. If the Holy Spirit is in me and they’re the gifts of the spirit that means all of the gifts are contained within me at all times which means He can release any gift He wants in any situation that I face in my life.
Which means I may primarily operate in mercy but it means He gave me the gift of leadership at any point in time. He’d give the gift of healing at any point in time, he’d gave me a gift of encouragement at any point in time. It’s like having a tool chest inside of you that you have every tool you will ever need for any job you will ever face. Okay. Holy Spirit is in you and upon you. And the second thing is you have the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 16:19, Jesus said, I will give you the keys to Kingdom of Heaven. Same keys He had, you now have which means you have the authority to access Heaven and bring it to earth. You can bring the hope of Heaven, the healing of Heaven, the love of Heaven, the forgiveness of Heaven. Same keys Jesus had, you now have and you can unlock Heaven and bring it to earth in any situation.
There is a guy in our church, he works at a hospital. And as he started to understand this truth that he has the Holy Spirit, the living God inside of him, same Holy Spirit that Jesus had, again this is why Jesus says it’s good for you that I go because I’ll give you the Holy Spirit. As this man started to understand that, he started to change the way he thought about his work and he started to realize, everyday I go to work and I heal people with medicine. But I don’t have to just heal people with medicine. I have the Holy Spirit, I can also heal people with the spirit of the living God. And so he started to go to work with a different perspective and he’d be in the hospital room and he’d be working on patients and doing the different things that he’s doing but he started to realize, man as I’m working on them and doing things, I can just silently pray. Holy Spirit I pray to you to heal this person, that you would bring your wisdom into this operating room, that you would bring your protection and your life, that you would move among this person. He started to realize the Kingdom of Heaven is within me. So as he walked down the hallways in the hospital, he started to realize, Kingdom of Heaven is in me. So everywhere I go, there’s a wake of Heaven, a wake of life, a wake of supernatural power that gets released from my life and it’s going to ripple out into the patient’s room and into the operating tables and so on and so forth.
And as he started to believe this and live with this reality, miracle started to happen. People started getting healed, amazing things started happening. So much so that other people in the hospital that are followers of Jesus noticed it and they started to come to this guy and say, man, what’s going on? Like what are you doing? He’s like, guys, we have the same Holy Spirit that Jesus had. We don’t just have to heal people with medicine, we can also heal people with the Holy Spirit. Let’s do both. And watch what God will do and so the faith level –
– in the whole hospital started to change because one guy believed he was anointed by the spirit of the living God to do the things that Jesus did when Jesus was on this earth. So you have to ask yourself the question, do I believe that I’m anointed with the same spirit that Jesus had? You are anointed and you say to do what?
To do the unexpected. You are anointed to do the unexpected. Listen to these verses again. The spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lords’ favor. Okay, would we all agree that’s the unexpected? And that’s the unexpected. Jesus was anointed to preach good news to the poor, bring hope, sent to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, tell people they’re no longer slaves, recovery of sight for the blind, give people vision for their life, a vision to see Jesus, release the oppressed, tell them they’re free of bondage, break bondages off their lives and proclaim the year the Lord’s favor. Just tell people that God is good. That’s the unexpected. Everywhere he went, that’s what He did. Some of you have heard or saw maybe on social media over the spring break time, Colleen and I got to go to Israel with a couple of other lead pastors.
And it was an amazing trip, like a life changing trip and I can’t wait to tell you more about it in the days to come. It’s really going to change some of my teaching because it gave me a totally different perspective. But the thing that really impressed me the most was the humanity side of Jesus and the humanity of the people in the bible. And you walk through these little towns in these little villages, the archeological remains of where Jesus would have actually been, towns in the bible. And you walk through and you see the humanity. And you think of these people back in the day and here they are and they’re cleaning fish or their dealing with waste or they’re grinding wheat or making a meal or dealing with their children, trying to make a living and they’re hopeless. They’re discouraged, they’re defeated. And all of the sudden, this guy named Jesus would come walking into their town, he would do the unexpected. He would cleanse the leper that had to stay on the outskirts of town. He would walk through the city streets and play with the children that everybody was annoyed by.
He would hug the sinful woman who was caught in adultery and was full of shame and condemnation. He would spit on the blind man’s eyes. Let’s just say that’s unexpected.
You know, “Jesus, I didn’t see that one coming.”
This side of the room is smart. They got it faster.
Okay. How many times it happened, I didn’t see it coming, that was unexpected. He did the unexpected. And what Jesus would do is He would show up with the opposite spirit of whatever the prevailing spirit in the area was. What I mean by that, if there was hate, He would come with love. If there was fear, He brought faith. If there was despair He brought hope. If there was chaos He brought peace. Why? Because you don’t defeat hate with hate and defeat hate with love. You don’t get rid of fear with more fear. You get rid of fear with faith. You can’t stop despair with more despair, you stop it with hope.
You don’t get rid of chaos by creating more chaos. You get rid of chaos by bringing peace. You bring the opposite spirit, the unexpected which is how you are sent out. Jesus says, he sends us out like lambs among wolves. Which doesn’t sound all that good, that point in time you’re like go back to the identity teaching, you know.
Like, it’s the opposite spirit. Your salt and light, which means you bring flavor to a tasteless world and you bring light to their darkness, which means if you are offended at your boss, it doesn’t mean you go and ignore your boss everyday when you go to work, it means you show up with the opposite spirit and you come to serve him. If you’re disappointed in your spouse, it doesn’t mean that you constantly fight and bicker with them, what it means is you show up with the opposite spirit and you love them the way that they wanted to be loved. If there’s a person with selfishness, you don’t tell them how selfish they are and try to teach them the lesson, you come and you come with the opposite spirit, you meet their needs. You show up with the opposite spirit, do the unexpected because that’s how we destroy the works of the devil.
The unexpected, the opposite spirit. There’s a woman and she lives a lifestyle that would be contrary to Christianity. And, it’s a lifestyle that there’s a lot of hostility between the lifestyle and Christianity. And so this woman, everything she sees about Christianity, it’s always the hostility, she watches the news, she reads the papers, she engages with Christians, and it’s always hostility towards her lifestyle, anger and judgment and condemnation and so on and so forth. And so because of the hostility, this woman she hates Christians, but she also hates their Christ. Because of their Christ is anything like they’re Christians, she wants nothing to do with that kind of hostility. And so she has this lifestyle, she’s living her life and unfortunately one day she got cancer. And the cancer got so bad that she wind up in the hospital for treatment. And because of the lifestyle that she lived, her life was full of broken relationships.
So there wasn’t anybody to come to take care of her, just be with her at the hospital. And so there’s another woman that’s a part of Valley Creek Church that’s a coworker of this lady. And she knew about the woman’s lifestyle and she knew that she was in the hospital because she wasn’t showing up to work. And so this woman just thought to herself, I’m just going to go and visit her. And so this follower of Jesus from Valley Creek Church shows up in the hospital room with this woman and you can imagine the moment of the unexpected for this lady. She’s sick, she’s on chemo, she’s, you know, by herself and she’s just waiting for the judgment speech, you know, like you’re a sinner and this is God’s wrath upon you, kind of thing, that’s what she’s like waiting for because that’s what she’s experienced through her life. But this woman from Valley Creek doesn’t do any of that, she just shows up with balloons and flowers. And just says, I want you to know that we’re thinking about you and we miss you at work. And this woman is touched by. And so over the course to the next few weeks and months, this woman from Valley Creek, her coworker just keeps coming back. And she comes back, and brings flowers and balloons and meals and conversation and magazines and just things to help somebody in the hospital, there’s no preaching, there’s no judgment, there’s no condemnation, there’s just the unexpected love of God on display day after day.
And when this woman finally heals up enough and is able to leave the hospital, she calls her new friend from Valley Creek and says hey, could I come to your church with you maybe one time? And of course the woman from Valley Creek said I would love for you to come. And so here’s this woman, she’s sitting in our church every single week and she hasn’t yet meet Jesus, put her faith in Him but she’s here week after week seeing the unexpected love of God on display all because one woman believed she was anointed to do the unexpected in someone else’s life. Okay.
And so the question is, when was the last time you did the unexpected? The unexpected kindness, unexpected generosity, unexpected forgiveness, unexpected love. I mean have you ever just done the unexpected in this building, let’s start there like walk across the room and welcome somebody that looked like they were alone or unexpectedly help somebody get their kids. Have you done the unexpected because you are anointed to do the unexpected and you say where, wherever you are.
You are anointed to do the unexpected wherever you are. See the disciples would have understood that Jesus did His mission everywhere He was. One can find to a location. He did the unexpected, in towns, in roads, in the homes, in the synagogue which would be church, in the temple, in the tomb, on the water, in the wilderness, wherever Jesus was, that’s where His ministry was. You and I, we hear the word sent, as the Father has sent me so I send you. And we think Africa, just be honest. It’s okay. I say sent and we all pulled back, I’m going to go to Africa man. You’re going to try to make and start a campus in Africa or something and you’re going if we have one. No, it’s not Africa. We think Africa, God thinks wherever you are. Your ministry, your mission is wherever you are.
You have to start understanding you are an undercover soldier sent in behind enemy lines. I don’t even belong to this world anymore. I’m a follower of Jesus. I belong to the kingdom, I’m a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven which means I literally belong to another realm. And I’m sent here in the world of darkness, the kingdom of darkness as a soldier sent in behind enemy lines with anointing to do the unexpected. Your cover is your job. Your cover is your school. Your cover is your place or your season. That’s your cover. And some of you are like, “No, no, no. Time-out dude, not me, I can’t do any of the stuff. I’m just a delivery driver.” Okay. Are you kidding me? You’re a delivery driver? That means everyday, when you go to work you get a list of names that God has hand picked for you to show up in their life and bring heaven to their earth, in their office complex, in their business, in their homes, you have the kingdom of heaven in you and you get to walk right up somebody that God has chosen for you to bring hope in their despair that day and you get to do that.
You say, “No, no, no. Not me. I’m just a teacher. I mean I teach in a public school so I can’t talk about Jesus in my public school.” Are you kidding me? You get eight hours, every single day with the authority over students and you get to spend eight hours believing the best, speaking life, encouraging, bringing hope to students that probably have no parents, abusive parents, absent parents and orphan lifestyle.
And you’re just worried that they talk too much. No, you get to put the love of God on display. You re like, “No I mean man, I’m a businessman, you can’t talk about Jesus in business.” Are you kidding me?
I mean for real. You get to show the world that God’s ways were better than man’s ways. That if we do things with integrity, God’s favor and blessing will be on that but if we lie, cheat and steal, God’s not in the midst of it. We get to teach people that we don’t use people to accomplish our agenda, we free people for God’s agenda. That’s what you get to do.
You say, “No, no not me. I’m a stay at home mom.” Are you kidding me?
Are you kidding me? You’re a stay home mom, talk about an undercover assignment. You get to go to schools and activities and parks and practices and sit on the bleachers with another woman and for five minutes, you can get outside or yourself, ask her one question about her life is, she will pour out her heart to you because she’s lonely and desperate and looking for the unexpected love of God on display.
From now on, we’re all allowed to at each other and say, “Are you kidding me?”
You can say it to me too, which is true because sometimes you have to remind yourself. Sometimes you have to preach that message to yourself, when you hate your job, you don’t like your family, you don’t like your school, you don’t want to go to work, some days you have to wake up and say, “Are you kidding me self?”
You know what I get to do today? Greater is he that is in me that he is in the world and I get to go change the atmosphere of wherever I go. You know.
And so the question I would ask you is, are you doing the job or you’re living your purpose? Because I think way too many of us are doing a job. Nine to five travel. Whatever we do – no Jesus has lived your purpose. But you can’t live your purpose until you know who you are. That’s why Jesus will always start by saying, look. Look. Look at me. This is who you now are. That’s why if you’re a follower of Jesus and you haven’t been baptized, are you kidding me is what I would say.
It’s true, because listen, when you go in the water, you’re coming up with a new identity and a declaration of who you now are which launches you into your purpose. I mean that’s why we do it. The beauty of this whole passage is, this is now true of you. The spirit of the Lord is on you. He has anointed you to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent you to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. You do that, you will never be bored. You will never be bored and you will never care how much money you have. You will never care how much money you have if you understand your purpose, which can only come when you understand your identity. And what if the disciples wouldn’t have gone? They would just, like “I ain’t going Jesus.” Okay. You understand this is Dallas and I know we think this is the epicenter of the world.
We have the best barbecue. We have the Cowboys.
I was going to say the Stars but hockey doesn’t count in Dallas. And everything is bigger, everything is – I’m from Buffalo, I’m allowed to say that. Alright? Hockey in Texas. It just didn’t work. It’s like, yeah. Okay.
That’s another message for another day people.
Alright. And everything is bigger, everything is bigger in Texas, we think we’re the epicenter of the world, the truth is Jerusalem is the epicenter of the world. When Jesus say, as the Father sent me, so I send you. We were the ends of the earth. If they didn’t go, we didn’t get the gospel. So what if we don’t go? Which is how we usually like to talk about it in a negative but forget the negative take the positive. What if we do go? What if a hundred people in this room got this message and said, “I’m anointed this week to do the unexpected wherever I go.” What would happen in our city? We try to motivate each other by the negative, like “People will go to hell if you don’t go tell them.” That is true, but it’s not very motivating. What’s motivating –
It’s condemnation. Condemnation does not motivate or change you. You know it does not. That this is – man, you all want to go on the funny vane but you just got me serious, rose some up in me, right? We change by the love of God. We change by the grace of God. We change because He declares who we are, not by telling us what will happen if we don’t do something.
We change because He tells us what already has happened because of what he did. This is who we are. This is who we are. This is how we live. And that order is everything. The forgiveness of Jesus will always lead you to the mission of God. So if you have no desire in the mission of God, you have to ask yourself the question, do I really believe in the forgiveness of Jesus, because who I am always determines what I do. You are anointed to do the unexpected wherever you go. So you close your eyes with me. And here’s what I want you to do, it’s just that kind of day, we just stand on your feet, we laughed, you let me push on you a little bit, God is moving. He’s in this place. And what’s God want to say to you? What’s He want to say to you?
What’s He whispering in your heart or in your mind? For some of you it’s to trust in Jesus and take the next step and get baptized. For a whole lot of us, it’s a declaration of who we are. That I’m defined by what He did not what I have done. That’s why He’s going to show me His hands and His side. And for a whole lot of us it’s this understanding of I now know who I am, it now changes what I do and how I live. And so Lord Jesus, I pray over everyone of us in this room. I pray that we would understand that as the Father has sent you, so you have sent us. That we would believe that we are anointed with the same Holy Spirit that was on You, Jesus. In fact maybe in your own way why don’t you just invite the Holy Spirit, say Holy Spirit I receive all of you. Would you anoint me the same way that you anointed Jesus, to do the works that Jesus was doing while He was on this earth.
Lord I pray that we would understand we’re anointed to do the unexpected, that the unexpected would start popping out of our lives, not the routine, not religion, not maintenance, not just going to a job but that we would do the unexpected with you and bring and the opposite spirit, to destroy the works of the devil and that we would do it wherever we go, in our jobs, in our homes, in our schools, in our travels, in our activities, in our neighborhoods, in our families, wherever it maybe, we are anointed to do the unexpected wherever we go. We believe it Jesus. I pray that this foundation block that we’ve built of identity over this last season would stand strong and we would stand firm on it that we would now be able to step into our purpose and be sent with the full authority and empowerment of Jesus, who has all authority on heaven and earth, which means we are sent with all authority in heaven and earth. Raise the water level of our faith Jesus.
And may we believe it. We love you Lord and in a mighty name of Jesus, everybody say.
Amen. Amen. It’s a good day.