Ministering “UP”

GHAUSELMAN, Bob & Saraod spoke to our early parents with words like: be fruitful, multiply, subdue, replenish, and take dominion. These are what I consider original intentions of God for mankind. After Adam and Eve chose to listen to another voice rather than God’s, we suffered terrible loss.

The idea of subduing and dominion got perverted to conquering other people and bringing them into bondage to us instead of reaching others with the good news of God’s love and forgiveness that was provided through the Lamb of God.

Back to the idea of original intentions, I believe it is still the will of God for us today to be fruitful and multiply, to subdue, replenish, and take dominion. But how do we do this?

The converts in the Bible are very different from the converts sought after by the church today. When Scripture speaks of who was reached, it doesn’t speak of the poor, hurting, downtrodden and weary. [Not that God does not wish to reach these people as well].

But in Acts, the apostles reached a political ruler, a religious leader, entrepreneurs, the chief woman of the city, prosperous women, philosophical leaders, teachers, chief leaders of Asia, governors, a king and even Caesar. These apostle aimed for the top not the bottom. This is why they were able to reach cities because they saw themselves as wise master builders.

I have often wondered why many churches and ministers try to reach the ‘down and outers’ but shy away from the ‘up and still outers.’ I have come to this conclusion and that is that we all have a tendency to help down—those who have less, know less or are less in some way than we are. We feel comfortable helping the ‘less fortunate’.

Could it be that the reason we are not free to help people of all stations in life is due to the unscriptural view that we carry of ourselves? How could Peter, the fisherman, go to the house of Cornelius, a centurion, and present the gospel to someone clearly in a superior station in life?

True story – two men of God were invited to a formal dinner at the White House with dignitaries from all over the world. One brother said, ‘Wow, we are in a room with some of the greatest men and women on the face of the earth.’ And the second brother reminded him, ‘Yep, and we’re two of ‘em’. So are you!
-Apostle Bob Hauselman

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