LOVE BEGINS WITH YOU

..Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. Then build a proper kind of altar to the Lord your God on the top of this crag. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering. (Judges 6:25-26)

Gideon

Servanthood starts at home. Before Gideon could lead the people back to their God, he had to get rid of the idols in his own home. 

Serving God does not start on the mission field but at home, in your own church and family. That is often the hardest place to serve. It seems much easier to take the Gospel to far away peoples than to share Christ with your family and friends. But those who are ashamed of Christ at home will never be able to serve Him abroad.  

Conversion starts with, “turning your back on…” Coming to Christ means turning your back on your idols, whatever they may be. With this command Gideon’s mission started. “Tear down your father’s altar.” That could cause a very negative reaction from his father. But Gideon was obedient to God. It is true that Gideon was afraid to be so radical. He did it at night, but he did it … “Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon” (Judges 6:34). 

It will always be that way. Is there a Baal idol in your life? Whatever it may be, tear it down, get rid of it. Then God will fill you with a new spirit, the Holy Spirit.

Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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One thought on “LOVE BEGINS WITH YOU

  1. This is a sad picture of the Church of our time. Pastors and Church leaders in a bid to achieve Church growth very often feel the need to set up committees to plan programs to help evangelize in far away Judea, Samaria and the uttermost part of the world, but their family members and children are not saved. Pastors and Church leaders have now raised a new generation known as God’s spiritual grandchildren instead of sons. A pastors is first a priest in his house before he is made a priest over God’s flock, and a Church leader that cannot raise godly children can’t take care of God’s flock according to Apostle Paul–sentiment must be brushed aside. This is why today it seems like their are no more spiritual fathers and leaders again in the body of Christ. There’s a popular saying that in a community where there are no elders, the young ones will eat vulture thinking it’s chicken. To correct all this anomaly, the Church and its leaders has to go to her drawing board and start evangelizing from her Jerusalem!!!

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