Jesus is the puppeteer and Christians are the puppets. We need to let Him and Him alone pull our strings! Let the risen Jesus be your invisible puppeteer all day long! To successfully navigate the jungle of this life, learn to be God’s Spirit-led marionette.
When I try to run my life, I get my strings tangled up. When I let Jesus take the strings, He causes me to dance with true joy. It’s important to learn to be God’s marionette. A Christian is called to be God’s puppet, not a puppet to the pulpit. Be led by the Spirit.
With many thousands of denominations and hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of independent churches, which religious organizations can truly ordain someone? Since Jesus said there will be many false prophets, surely some organizations are producing false ordinations.
I believe all true Christ-followers are ordained by God and “called to be saints.” The purpose of the five leadership functions in Ephesians 4 isn’t just to do the ministry, but to train the saints to do the ministry powerfully and as led by God’s Spirit. Biblically, Christian leadership takes the low place and turns hierarchy upside down with the greatest being on the bottom while training, empowering, and releasing others to follow and obey God’s Spirit even more effectively than they do. Although the people of God are equal through Christ, we are called to “consider others better than yourself.”
To sow for a great awakening, we need to stitch our hearts together with humility and allow all Christ-followers to listen to and obey the risen Jesus. The four principles of the great Welsh Revival of 1904 were: 1) Repent of and put aside all sin, 2) Stop any questionable behavior, 3) Do whatever the Spirit says, and 4) Openly and publicly declare your love for Jesus. That’s what we’re all genuine Christians are ordained for. Let’s all do it!
When lecture and /or liturgy-based church services replaced the direct leadership of the risen Jesus, Christianity lost much of its power. A key question when visiting a church is who’s in control, who’s pulling the strings. Is it a pastor or committee or is it the risen Jesus?