Monday, September 21, 2015

Recovering a "neglected doctrine" through a godly "neglected man" (1 Corinthians 11)

I didn’t write the book to make a name for myself or to further my own purposes, but to teach on a neglected doctrine that I saw many ridiculing and dismissing too quickly. Since I wrote the book for God’s glory, if He didn’t want me to release it, I wouldn’t.
                                 -from  Jeremy's Journey, How the Headcovering Movement came to be 
                                (*Jeremy Gardiner is a founder of Head Covering Movement)

In this short but sincere confession, I saw brother Jeremy's pure motivation,,,and his God-given vision. I realized that this vision captured him, drove him and placed him to the cross. I realized that God wants to recover "a neglected doctrine" through a man who can endure to remain as "a neglected man". As many ridiculing and dismissing this doctrine too quickly, so is the man who teach this doctrine destined to be treated alike.

Last week, I wrote a biography of William Tyndale in Japanese.

He was also a man who was captured by His vision. Godly vision is totally different from self-fulfillment-type of human ambition. It is costly. It demands man's everything. It drives him to the lonely, neglected path.

We usually find that the prophets arose as a reaction from God to the course and drift of things amongst His people; a call back, a re-declaration, a re-pronouncement of God's mind, a bringing into clear view again of the thoughts of God. The prophets stood in the midst of the stream - usually a fast-rushing stream - like a rock; the course of things broke over them. They challenged and resisted that course, and their presence in the midst of the stream represented God's mind as against the prevailing course of things.
                             -Austin-Sparks, Prophetic Ministry

Often times, the visionary man has to suffer in the Slough of Despond, sinking and struggling in the total dark. But the help comes. Surely comes.

Here we come to the most important point of the whole. It is the absolute identity of the vessel with the vessel's ministry. Prophetic ministry is not something that you can take up. It is something that you are.,,The vessel itself is the ministry and you cannot divide between the two.

..God is not allowing us to take up things and subjects. If we are under the Holy Ghost, He is going to make us prophets; that is, He is going to make the prophecy a thing that has taken place in us, so that what we say is only making vocal something that has been going on, that has been done in us. God has been doing it through years in strange, deep, terrible ways in some lives, standing at nothing, touching everything; and the vessel, thus wrought upon, is the message. People do not come to hear what you have to teach. They have come to see what you are, to see that thing which has been wrought by God. What a price the prophetic instrument has to pay!
                                                                                           -Prophetic Ministry

Dear headcovering sisters in all over the world, shall we offer prayer for our leaders today? Let us unite in Spirit and ask Him to inflame His vision in their hearts and strengthen them to endure unpopularity, neglect, human desertion and loneliness for His glory? Let us write an encouraging words to our leaders this very day and make them happy. In Jesus' name. Amen.

*If you'd like to write a note of encouragement to brother Jeremy Gardiner, please click here.