Release The Glory
By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scripture: Genesis 17:6, Galatians 1:15-16
Sunday 29th March 2015
As we conclude this series, ‘I Am Exceedingly Fruitful’ today, here are the messages we’ve looked at so far: ‘I am chosen for Fruitfulness’, ‘The keys to Exceedingly Fruitful life’, ‘Take Your Place’, and the message last week ‘Make Your Mark’.
Here is Galatians 1:15-16, our foundation scripture: ‘But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles’. Just like Apostle Paul proclaimed in this scripture, you have also been chosen by God to reveal His glory. Hence, you are not an accident and not a product of chance. You were deliberately created by God. Here is Jeremiah’s version of this declaration: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” He knew you and had a plan for you before were born. Everything about you has been figured out by Him – so relax, He is control.
So regardless of whatever you may be going through, it is important not to lose sight of God’s purpose for your life. Even though you may not have a full awareness of what’s going on in your life, and may feel as if God has forgotten you, I want to reiterate that He cares for you, His thoughts towards you are good and He intends to bring you to an expected end. Here is Jeremiah 29:11: ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’. The Israelites were going through a very difficult time in captivity when these words were originally spoken, and possibly they had lost all hopes of surviving that ordeal. And just as God encouraged them with these words and eventually fulfilled His promise, He will do the same for you. ‘I know the plans I have for you’ implies that He is control, the words ‘future’ and ‘hope’ implies that it is not over yet and God’s promise is certain.
‘To choose’ as cited in Galatians 1:15-16 is from a Greek word that means ‘to separate’. God separated you from the crowd and the 7 billion plus people in our world today – You are unique to Him and to His purpose. God chose you and He called you by His marvellous grace. To be ‘called’ is from a Greek word that means ‘to be ordained’. You’ve been appointed for an assignment, concluded by God even before you were born. Now, in order to fulfil this assignment, you must start by knowing Jesus and His finished work for you on the Cross. Your heart must have an in-dwelling revelation of this. Colossians 2:9-10 reads: ‘For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature]. And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power]’ (Amplified). Here are some phrases to note from these verses: You are in Him, you are full of God, you are made full of the fullness of Christ, you are filled with the Godhead, and you are full of Glory. Christ in you is inexhaustible, and His riches cannot be fathomed. He is all and all sufficient. Hence, everything you need and will ever need is in limitless supply and available to you in Christ.
Sadly we, as the church on a corporate level, have failed to fully appreciate the fullness of Christ, indwelling us. However, once we begin living in the reality of this truth, we will start operating from a can-do and ‘nothing is impossible’ perspective. Here is Apostle John’s interpretation of this same truth: ‘All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it’ (John 1:3-5). In other words, the very life of God, the essence of God dwells in Christ, and Christ dwells within you.
Here is Colossians 1:15-18: ‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence’. There are ten attributes of Christ that we can extract from this scripture, namely: (1) He is the image of the invisible God (2) The firstborn over all creation (3) All things were created by Him (4) All things were created through Him and for Him (5) He is before all things (6) In Him all things consist (7) He is the head of the body, the church (8) He is the beginning (9)The firstborn from the dead (10) He has pre-eminence and supremacy over all things. From these attributes, we can conclude that all we need is Christ (Also see Colossians 3:11). As we abide in His presence, we begin to experience not only the fullness and riches of Christ, but our lives begin to reveal Christ to the world. Soon enough, the world will begin to see Jesus and His attributes in us. John 15:4-5 put it this way: ‘Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing’.
God desires that we live in the overflow of the life of Christ, already in us. More so, Christ wants to reflect His glory through us – and this is what fruitfulness is all about. The world is on a search, seeking for Jesus, the real expression of exceeding fruitfulness. Religion and tradition have long been forgotten, as it has not provided the answers that the world is looking for. It is Christ they really need. Here is John 12:20-23: ‘Now among those who went up to worship at the Feast were some Greeks. These came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and they made this request, Sir, we desire to see Jesus. Philip came and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip together [went] and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, the time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified and exalted. Religion often relates past experiences of God, but relationships moves beyond history to destiny. Religion often refers to what has been, while relationship is always talking about the fresh move of God and what He is doing. The world is looking for Jesus, the Answer, in His church, in our marriages, home, families, ministries and businesses.
Going back to where we started from in Galatians 1:16, which reads: ‘Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles’. The whole essence of revealing Jesus through us, is so that the world can know Jesus, through the proclamation of the gospel. Jesus gave us the Great Commission before ascending into Heaven, in Mark 16:15: ‘And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel (release the glory) to every creature"’. The reference to ‘world’ in this scripture, ‘cosmos’ refers to the ‘present order of things’ and the system of government. This refers to the seven mountains of culture: Media, Government, Sports, Arts and Entertainment, Religion, Finance and Business, Education and Family. We have been mandated to release God’s glory to these seven segments of world government – and this is what exceeding fruitfulness is all about.
So as we round this series, can I encourage you to take your place, make your mark and release the glory of Christ within you!
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