Pastor Jonathan Painter
In John chapter ten we find Jesus teaching and preaching on how He is the Door, and he identifies himself as the “good Shepherd”. As we read the chapter we find that his lesson creates a division among the Jews. Some said, “He hath a devil, and is mad…” but others said, “Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?” Remember, that these same Jews had just witnessed the miracle of Jesus healing the man who was born blind which is recorded in John 9. They witnessed the controversy it had caused among the Pharisees. As these Jews tried to establish whether or not to believe Jesus, I found it interesting that they referenced the miracle that Jesus had preformed. Those who now were defending Jesus noted that they were convinced that He was not a devil because of the miracle. Jesus preformed the miracles that he preformed on this earth for three reasons.
He had compassion on those who had a need. (Luke 7:13)
To glorify the Father and make his works manifest. (John 9:1-3)
To validate who He was and who had sent Him. (John 11:41-43)
Jesus used the miracles to meet a need and to validate His teachings all while glorifying
the Father. We too need validation, but we will not find it by way of preforming miracles. We will not go out and touch the eyes of the blind and cause them to see, or speak in tongues, or lay hands on the dead to see them rise, for God said that “when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in art shall be done away.” (I Corinthians 13:10) That which is perfect is come, we now have the living Word of God, and that which is in part, tongues and such, have been done away. If we will not be validated by preforming miracles as Jesus was, how then can we be validated?
Today, the preacher is validated by the power of God. This is the same power by which Jesus preformed the miracles. Young preacher, you will be validated when the power of God is evident in your ministry! We need the power of God on us for three reasons.
We need the power of God because there are those around us who have needs. Your people need to know that you care about them and their problems stir your heart. People around you have physical problems, and spiritual problems and they need to know that they have a man of God that they can come to and he can help them with their problem. Do you have people that you know who have a physical problem? Have you sought the Lord, in prayer on their behalf? Have you spent time begging God with a sincere heart to heal them? Do you know people who have a monetary need? You may not be able to reach in your own pocket and meet that need, but have you spent time praying for their need? Where are God’s men of times past who like Elijah could call down the fire of the power of God on behalf of their people. We have a shortage of power among our preachers, not because God’s hand is shorted but because we have shorten and shallowed our prayer life. Do we have people we know who have spiritual problems? Have we spent more time talking to others about them in the shameful act of gossip or talking to God about them in a sincere act of prayer? We need the power of God because there are people around us, whom God has given us to lead that have a need. Sunday School teacher, you need the power! Bus Captain, you need the power! Junior Church worker, you need the power! Christian School teacher, you need the power! Pastor, you need the power of God!
We need the power of God because the Father must be glorified. We look around and we wonder why we don’t see results in our ministry. Why don’t we seem to have the power of God that we need to get the job done? It may be, young preacher, that we need to do a check of our motives. Check deep down in your heart and ask yourself why you want to see a great work done for God? I fear that if we were absolutely honest with ourselves we would have to admit that we labor hard and long so that our labor will be noticed and so that we may receive the accolades of our associates and acquaintances. We work and labor to receive the credit. We labor for our pride. The problem is that Proverbs 11:2 testifies that pride is simply a prerequisite to shame. We will not see the power of God in our ministry until we undertake our ministry will the full intent that everything we do must glorify God and no one else! God is waiting for us to get our hearts right in our motives before He can pour down the power of God! If we seek to get souls saved simply for the sake of having numbers then our numbers will ever be low. Yet, if we will undertake the task of warning the lost with the fervent desire to glorify God through the salvation of men then we will see God’s hand go with us and direct us to the open souls and the numbers will come in due time. Yet, the numbers cannot be for us to be satisfied with our accomplishments, but rather as a measuring stick as to how much we can glorify God with our efforts.
We need the power of God to validate who we are and who has sent us. When we have the power of God on our lives and on our ministries then it validates who we are as God’s men and who has sent us. This is not so that we can have accolades of those around us, but rather to validate that we are men of God, and we do teach the Word of God, and we do preach truth. This validation will further clear the path for more of God’s work to be done, and for more people to be helped. It clears the way for more of God’s power to be shown, and more glory to be given to the King of Kings! Are we being validated by the power of God?
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Young Preachers of America is a ministry of a local New Testament church. We are a King James only website that is dedicated to motivating the young preacher of today. We are unashamedly Baptist in doctrine and promoters of the works of Soul Winning and helping people.
Pastor Jonathan Painter
Pastor Painter is the editor of Young Preachers of America as well as the pastor of the Lincoln Baptist Church. Jonathan Painter founded Young Preachers of America in June of 2013 as a ministry of Lincoln Baptist Church. January 1, 2018 he became the Pastor of the Lincoln Baptist Church after serving as an associate pastor for over four years.