We are called to Preach the Gospel, the Good News, the Truth.
We are called to teach the truth and proclaim the Good News for the purpose of opening blinded eyes.
The Lord spoke through His prophet Isaiah saying,
"Keep on hearing but do not understand; keep on seeing but do not perceive. That their hearts be dull and their ears heavy, their eyes blind. That they might not hear with their ears or see with their eyes or understand with their hearts and turn and be healed."
Isaiah 6:9-10 Mark 4:12
The Lord will heal our blindness in His Anointed. He says of Christ, “I will give you as a covenant to the people, a Light for the nations to open the eyes that are blind.”
Again, He says, “I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, into places they have not traveled. I will guide them; I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These things I do and I will not forget them.”
The Lord extends sight to those who were blind. But to those who think that they see Jesus says, “For judgment I came into the world, that those who do not see may see and those who see may become blind.” Jesus spoke to the Pharisees saying, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt, but now that you say, ‘We see’, your guilt remains.”
It is apparent that those who thought that they knew the mind of the Lord still went their own way. The knowledge of God without His guidance and adherence to His plan and His Voice leads to error.
So, the Lord brought blindness upon the people until His Shepherd was revealed. He and His Light exposed the darkness that the people (we) walked in. To those who received the Light, He led them to paths they had never traveled. (Isaiah 42:16) To those who did not receive the Light, they became and were blind so much so that they crucified the Lord.
We need to “see what God is saying” through teaching revelation. We can bring clarity and understanding to those who seek to see.
Today, we walk blindly because we have not been taught to see. We have had no expectation to see although Christ clearly states that He came to restore our sight. He is the Light of the world.
Christ has made us the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). This is important for us to know because this speaks of our purpose being tied to His purpose. With this knowledge we have been called to clearly fulfill our purpose as children of God and joint heirs with Jesus the Christ. I am called to pastor those individuals who seek their purpose and destiny in the King of Glory, God our Father.
I will conclude this explanation of our calling by stating one of the most impacting statements I have heard in my life. It is found in the book of John, chapter 3 verse 19. "And this is the condemnation (that has come upon the world), that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” We must make men aware that the light has come so that they can find their way back to the Father.
1. Ministry of sight to the blind.
A. See” The Call”
2. Ministry of freedom from bondage. As blinded eyes are opened, we discover that we have been bound by this world's system. We are not free to do the will of God because of our attachment to fleshly pleasures, infatuation with living and being rich by this world's standards and the financial bondage we have ensnared ourselves with through mortgages and credit accounts.
To combat this, we will educate people as to the abundance that God has freely provided. We will teach empowerment through pooling our resources and disconnecting from this world system as much as possible. We will:
A. Have an agriculture ministry team exclusively dedicated to helping the church and its families.
B. Free ourselves from mortgages and other debt.
3. Dream Redemption. God gives every person a dream and to every believer who asks, He gives vision. Our God-given dreams tell us how God will use us in His plan for the Kingdom on Earth. As your Pastor, I pledge to help you unlock that dream and bring it online by:
A. Providing guidance and support to assist in bringing God given dreams to fruition.
B. Helping find or create funding sources, helping provide legal assistance and marketing to start and maintain viable businesses that enrich our church and community.
4.Charity and benevolence. Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you…” This should not mean that the same people stay poor forever, especially if they are part of the church or in our community. We will:
A. Help the homeless go home and provide support for the fatherless, widows, and the sick.
B. Provide opportunities for young people in the areas of career training, job skills and trades.
5.Global. God’s vision, of course, is global; it includes all mankind, that none would perish but that all would come into the knowledge of repentance (turning back to God). We will:
A. Influence today’s church and community leaders, men, women, mothers and fathers by teaching the Truth; hosting seminars that teach the Kingdom principles of love, justice and mercy for everyday living.
B. We will create a Christian culture that can be respected by the world, where God is glorified and people are successfully exercising their gifts and talents.