“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”
Isaiah 61:1-4 gives the preacher and the believer’s responsibility. Among these responsibilities are preaching, binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to those in bondage, appointing people to help others become what they are supposed to be, building broken lives, raising up places that have died, and repairing wasted lives. These are all critical commands for the believer. We will never reach our communities with Christ without these commands being obeyed. However, as important as these commands are to the local church, it will never happen on your own. You must understand that these responsibilities take more than just words to make them happen. God shows four things it takes for these responsibilities to be accomplished.
First, it is going to take heart. Too many people want a position so people will look at them, but what we need are people who have a heart for people. It really doesn’t matter what your title in your church may be; what really matters is do you have a heart for people. When you have a heart for people, you really won’t care if people recognize your position or title because your heart will want to help them. People don’t care what your title is; what they care about is do you have a heart to help them in their hurts or needs. I’m not trying to scold any person in full-time ministry, but you really need to get out of your office and go help and lead people to Christ. You will never get a heart for people until you spend time with them in their hurts.
Second, it is going to take vision. You will never “build the old wastes,” or “raise up the former desolations” without a vision. You have to look beyond the rubble of what you see to be able to see what God can do with it. Most people want everything handed to them, but having everything handed to you is not building or raising up; it is maintaining. You have to realize that God gets greater glory when He uses you to rebuild that which was torn down. Stop looking at the rubble of what you have and get a vision for what that rubble can become if you will get busy doing what God has commanded you to do.
Third, it is going to take hard work. Nothing great for God has ever been done without hard work. My friend, if you are not willing to put hours into what you are supposed to be doing for God, you will never build anything great for God. Talent, personality, or education will never build great works for God. It takes old-fashioned hard work with God’s help to build great works. While you are trying to find the easy way to build something, you are wasting valuable time that could be used to build. Stop looking for easier ways and just get busy working hard at building something for God.
Fourth, it is going to take God’s power. The first three responsibilities will be wasted if you are not filled with the Holy Spirit of God. You can do a small portion of God’s work on your own, but to make a lasting impact in God’s work it is going to take His power. You will only last for so long on your own. My friend, don’t burn yourself out trying to do God’s work in your own power. The best way to keep from burning out is to let God empower you to do His work through you by His power.