Greetings from Kenya! The hotel Internet was down yesterday, so I could not send you this last installment from my series on Purpose in Revelation. It is back up now, so let’s finish up this topic and be ready to move on to something else next week. If you missed the first six entries, you can read them here. This week we look at Revelation 3:21 and what Jesus promised the seventh church if they became overcomers: “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
A MAN OF PURPOSE
Jesus was a man of purpose. He came to earth on a specific mission, which perhaps is best summarized in Luke 19:10, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” The interesting thing is that Jesus has ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He continues to fulfill His purpose. He is still seeking and still saving.
Heaven for Jesus is not a place of idleness or worship. It is a place of purposeful work. If that is the case for Jesus, then it will certainly be the same for you and me. We will find our purpose here and will continue our purpose there. I don't know exactly how that will happen, but in the new heaven and earth, you and I will still be people of purpose.
When Jesus returned from the dead, He had full memory of what had happened to Him. In some sense, His years prior to His death were the foundation for His reign after His resurrection. What you are going through now will serve as the same for you. That is why Jesus is working in your life now, to prepare you for your purpose work here and in the hereafter. In other words, you are going through training now so you can be reigning both now and then.
PAY THE PRICE
What will it take for you to be victorious and earn the right to reign with Jesus? What must you overcome? There are certainly obstacles without and within, but the rewards for overcoming both are fantastic! I pray that God will strengthen you this week to set a course for reigning that will empower you to succeed. I went back to school at the age of 57 to earn another degree and saw it as part of my training for reigning. I write every day because that is part of my training for reigning. i am Kenya now with a team of others, because that is part of my training for reigning. I think you get the idea.
I want to pay the price to be a great leader, empowered by God's grace to reign now and later. I invite you to join me in this magnificent journey. Jesus' throne is wide, there is plenty of room for everyone, so let's get on with the task of purpose and see where it takes us now and in the age to come. Thank you, and have a great week!
KENYA UPDATE: There is still time to give to the Kenya project as you can read here. You can also follow my travel blog while here in Kenya at this link. Please follow along, pray, and then give to help the children. Pictured at left are the bosy of the Each One Touch One Orphanage that we visited last Saturday (with Pastor Jeremiah Thomas). Help me to help and feed them!
Also I will be holding a Purpose Profiling Seminar here in Nairobi on Saturday, March 31 in partnership with Irene Mureithi of Royal and Rich. I hope to see my Kenyan friends there.