AFRICA’s HOUR …. Gathering and Preserving the Harvest
Greetings from the EHC Anglo Africa Regional Office – we trust this word from our International President, Dr Dick Eastman will be a source of encouragement to you today. We are indeed blessed to have a leader of the likes of Dr Eastman at the ‘helm’ of our worldwide ministry!
Dick Eastman also serves as president of America’s National Prayer Committee; passion for prayer and world evangelism has prompted him to write a number of books on the subjects, including his “Delight” trilogy, devoted to intercessory worship and praise.
THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD
History books are filled with the names of men who had a vision for changing the world. Many tried to chart the course of history by force: Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Ghengis Khan, Adolf Hitler. These men may have left their mark on history, but all of their efforts lacked one all-imortant purpose – the glory of God.
For as valiant as the efforts of would-be world conquerors may have been, their kingdoms were short-lived, and even the most powerful ruler could not escape the path that all men must follow to the grave. Of all the great kings that ever lived, only one was able to defeat the enemy of death, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. The only way to bring lasting change to the world is God’s way: “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of Hosts (Zech. 4:6).
The greatest world changer in history was Jesus. His plan for changing the world was definitely global in scope, but its focus was not on conquering nations, it was on changing the hearts of men and women and welcoming them into His ever-growing spiritual kingdom. One day, Christ will return to earth, reclaim the world He created and establish His kingdom on earth. But until Christ returns, we can participate in His plan for changing the world by transforming the hearts of men. It’s a three-point strategy.
First, world changers under Christ’s command must be transformed. Remember what Jesus said to the Jewish leader Nicodemus? “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). In order to be a true world changer, a person must first be born again by accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour. As Paul and Silas said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
Second, in Christ’s army there is no such thing as an action hero who takes on the world alone. Born again believers must work together as a body of believers under the command of Christ in order to accomplish His will. As Paul says, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body” (1 Cor. 12:13). And Christ is the “head of the body, the church” (Col. 1:18). The only way to change the world is with Christ leading the way.
Finally, as members of Christ’s Body, we must all work together toward a common goal. Throughout all church history, the mission of the Church has remained the same – the fulfillment of the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I command you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19-20).
Amazingly, all of us possess the power to change the world – but not alone. By faith and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, we are each members of Christ’s Body, and by His command we can help change the hearts of men and women by sharing the Gospel with a lost world
Nicky Foord – firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Home for Christ, Anglo Africa
“The lostness of mankind never changes; the power of the Gospel to save never changes;
and Jesus’ command to go into all the world never changes.”