Who is with me? (Zechariah 1-7)

 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” Zechariah 4:6-7

In these days of uncertainty, the Church has a certain Word from the Lord. God has clearly given His Church the mission to fill the earth with the good news of the kingdom (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). We, as the church, fulfill this mission by being salt and light in the world (Matt. 5:13-16).

I know that each of you who read this blog are with me in saying, amen, to the last paragraph. But there is a problem. Saying amen is not enough. You and I have a greater calling than amen in the church building. You and I are called to get outside the building and fulfill the mission. Who is with me?

Now, let me ease up for a second. I know, as you do, what is outside the walls. The climate of our nation is not pro-Christian anymore. The climate of our nation is a powder keg ready to explode. I know the score. You could be taking your life into your own hands by going out. But I also know who is with us!

Consider our readings today. The prophet of God was speaking at the time when the 70 years of captivity had been completed (7:6). God was restoring His blessings to His people (2:10-12). God was calling His people to return to Jerusalem (1:16-17) to rebuild the temple.

In particular, the prophet calls out Zerubbabel, (He would become governor of the region) to lead the people to rebuild. But here was the problem. This guy did not have the might-he had no army and no following. This guy did not have the power-he had no influence and his people were scattered everywhere.

But wait, God was not asking him to lead in his might or his power. Oh, no, he was to lead in God’s power! You and I know this power is the Holy Spirit. This same power was working in Moses, Nehemiah, John the Baptist, and Paul.

Are you seeing this? This same power is available to you and I. Who is with us? God is with us.

I am reminded of Jesus words in John 12:24

24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

When you and I die to our old way of living and live in His power, we bear fruit in His mission.

Today, the Holy Spirit is calling out to the church saying, who is with me? Holy Spirit, I surrender my life to follow Jesus. Fill me with your power to carry out His mission!!!

2 questions:

  1. Do you need to change your battle plans for this day?
  2. How can Zechariah 4:6 be applied in your life today?

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