February 22, 2016 by pastorjdo3
Our study of Fear God by Francis Chan brings us to a powerful text in Revelations. The 1st chapter records in verses 9 to Verse 17, a powerful encounter of the Apostle John and the Risen Lord.
I John, your brother and partner in the tribulation,
kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus, was on
the island of Patmos because of God’s word and the
testimony about Jesus.” V. 9
John calls himself 2 powerful things, 1. Brother 2. Partner.
One of the things most loved about Johns words are that he recognized himself as a brother in Christ. As a brother, he records a kindred relationship with the reader, those who have been convicted by the truth of the Gospel, forever to be changed by its transforming power. John sees those still in freedom as fellow heirs to the Kingdom, choosing not to present himself as one that was greater, but one that was equal in the eyes of the Lord and his own view.
He also presents himself as a partner, choosing not to highlight or accentuate his own sacrifice and or circumstances, but to acknowledge the cross that is bared by all. Though he is exiled and imprisoned, John realized that this was the portion and or assignment given to him as His journey, understanding that the suffering others were to endure and encounter might be different, but were equally as important as his own.
If we were to continue a John like perspective, choosing not to focus only on self, we could transform the Kingdom of God one servant at a time. In the Kingdom, there is none greater, save Christ who made the sacrifice to make us all heirs to the promise. Each assignment is important, and must be carried out for God to carry our His perfect work on earth. Someone must be imprisoned, someone must be in corporate america. Someone must be in the penthouse, and someone must be in public housing. We are all Kingdom citizens on assignment, and through us all He will get the glory!