Matthew 10:1 And when He had called His twelve disciples together to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
Jesus sent His twelve disciples out among the people after He had anointed them with His power. He gave them specific instructions of where to go and what to do.
Matthew 10:5-8 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. “And as you go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
God doesn’t expect us to do a job that He has anointed us to do. He will always equip the called. If you are trying to do God’s work under your own power and ability, there will be no anointing to succeed. Man’s ways do not achieve the success that God has through His anointing.
Recently I was walking and praying about the direction I need to take in a ministry that I am leading. It seems as if I had reached a place where I didn’t seem to have the effect on the growth of the ministry as I would have liked. As I was talking with the Lord about this situation He very quickly spoke to my heart saying:
“Do not look at the numbers; look at the impact you are having on the ones who are there. I had only twelve disciples and yet they changed the world with the anointing that I gave them.”
With that being said, I was reminded of the story of the man who was walking along the beach after the high tide had come in and deposited a great number of starfish on the beach. They were all lying out in the direct sunlight dying from lack of water. The man was walking along trying to pick them up and throw them back out to sea so they wouldn’t die. Another man came along and chided him for trying to pick up all the starfish. He said, “What you’re doing is of no use, you will never be able to get all of them picked up and thrown back out to sea. You might as well quit, you won’t be able to make a difference in them; there are too many.” To which the man replied, as he picked up a starfish and flung it out to sea, “made a difference to that one.” You see, it’s not that God expects us to save the whole world, or be able to minister to every person on the face of the earth. But He has given each one of us a sphere of influence; a place to make a difference in the hearts and lives of maybe just one person or a small group of people. Some are given a few to minister to and others are given larger groups of people. But if we all do our part, the world will be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus gave His disciples instructions as to what to do. He started His instructions with “as you go”. As we go about our daily lives we are to look for opportunities around us. Who needs your smile today? Who is hurting around you that could use a word of encouragement? Maybe it’s just your family that you are supposed to influence for the Lord. It would be better to effectively touch one person for Jesus and the kingdom of God than to miss that one in looking for the masses. How many times do we feel that we don’t have a ministry because we are thinking about the world-wide ministries that we see happening on television or hear of crusades that minister to thousands of people at one time. And yet, Jesus said, “as you go” preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
What has God done for you that you could give to someone else? Has He given you a testimony? Of course, He has. You may not think it’s anything, but God has done something in your life that you can pass on to someone else. We’ll never know the impact we’ve had on the masses, through ministering to the individual, until we get to heaven. Maybe God has anointed you to pray for people, but you don’t see that as important as the ones who minister the word of God or have a great healing ministry. But God sees your part as just as great a ministry as the one who is out in front of the people.
1 Samuel 30:24 “For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike.”
God looks at your prayers for others as being a part of the ministry that the person has who touches them with the gospel or with healing hands, ministering one on one to that individual. Paul said that we are fellow workers with God in His field in 1 Corinthians 3:9:
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.
He was talking to the Corinthians about their striving over who was the best according to what they had done; how many they had baptized. He corrected them by saying:
1 Corinthians 5:5-8 Who then is Paul, and who is Apolos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apolos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
We are each nothing in and of our own power or initiative. God is the one who gives the increase; the One who brings in the harvest. Some of us plant and others water the seed sown in people’s lives, but God is the One who gets the credit for changing them; for working miracles in their lives. He is the One to be praised and exalted, not the one doing the ministering. If we will each be faithful with the sphere of influence He has given us we will be rewarded for doing our part and not trying to move over into an area to which He hasn’t called us. Our part is to listen to His voice, obey as He instructs and leave the results to Him.
As we are faithful to minister in the little things, God will bring more and our sphere of influence will increase.
Matthew 25:21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
Luke 16:10 “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”
God looks at the faithfulness of your heart in relation to how you respond to the needs of those around you. If you are faithful in ministering to the “little” people, or small groups, He will give you the “masses”. There are no overnight “world-wide” ministries born. Every minister begins where He is, touching the lives of the people around him. As he is faithful with the few, God moves him into larger areas of ministry.
Zechariah 4:10 For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
Have you said that you are of no significance to God? Have you been disappointed because you don’t feel that you have an effective ministry? God is saying to you today, “do not despise the day of small beginnings. Just be faithful in the little things and I will bring the increase.”
Father, I thank You for every opportunity that You give me to share Your word or Your healing touch with another individual. You are awesome and I thank You for including me in Your ministry to those around me! Thank You for bringing the ones to me that You want me to touch for Your kingdom and glory! Father, I pray that we will all be aware of the opportunities that You place in our midst. Help us to see people as You see them; to be able to recognize when they need a smile or an encouraging word. Father, don’t let us pass by those who need to hear a word from You through us. Cause us to be bold in our witness and ready to minister to whomever you bring to us, whether it’s one person or a thousand. Give us eyes to see as You see, hearts of compassion for the lost and hurting, and boldness to step out in faith believing that You will flow through us as we obey Your directions. Thank You, Father, for Your anointing to minister. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.