- Kevin M. Jackson, M.A., M. Div.
- Kevin M. Jackson, A 1994 graduate of Savannah State University with a B.S. degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Urban Education from Norfolk State University and a Masters of Divinity from Liberty University. Elder Jackson is a Chaplain in the United States Navy. He worked as a Science educator for over 14 years. Mr. Jackson is the author of two books; When God Speaks and Life Lessons For My Sons. He is the father of Ephraim, Elim and Elisha and several spiritual sons. Elder Jackson is married to Nila Nash Jackson.
Friday, April 5, 2013
It may seem strange, but if you are depleted of joy, peace, happiness, passion, and the spirit of God, you are a prime candidate to benefit from all that the Kingdom of God has for you. In fact, Jesus said, "blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God."
Poor in spirit literally identifies the mental and spiritual state of being in need due to an emptiness that exists in a person. This life is replete with situations that drain us of all that we have in our spirit. Sometimes it is a relationship. Other times it is the stress of the job or a personal flaw in ones character. Whatever the source of our depletion, it has the ability to slow us down, leave us impotent, and cause us to fall on the wayside and even loose faith.
The good news is Jesus has the answer for poor spirits. He has the ability to refill, revive, renew, deliver, encourage, restore joy and confidence in the life of a person who is at his/her lowest spiritual level. What must you do if you are poor in spirit? Reach out to Christ by simply saying, " I need You".
I guarantee that Christ is all you need. After you have extended the invitation for Him to come in and take residence, you will experience the joy of His grace and unconditional love. You will feel the reviving of your spirit to a place of peace and comfort.
The blessing is you are in a position to receive. You are blessed because Christ has been waiting for you to invite Him to get involved in your life. You are blessed because He not only wants to revive your spirit, but literally give you the Kingdom of God.
Will you accept His grace, mercy and love today? You do not have to be poor in spirit any longer. Regardless of what depleted your spirit, Christ can bring you back to a level of fulfillment in Him.
"Go therefore into all of the world making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even until the end of the age."
God has always been focused on His agenda since the beginning of time. In fact, the first man, Adam, was charged with taking dominion over God's creation along with his wife;however, Adam was not focused and allowed the enemy to come in and delay the call upon his life to demonstrate dominion.
No problem. God always knows what needs to be done. God sent His Son, the second Adam, to come into the world and once again demonstrate for man the Agenda of God and His Kingdom.
This agenda is found clearly in Matthew 28:19-20. The first item on the agenda is go and make disciples of all nations. God desires that all persons come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. This commission can be completed in a number of ways. Those ways include through missionary trips, outreach in the community, evangelistic events, use of technological tools and good ole fashion one on one ministry.
The second item on the agenda is to lead the person to make a public declaration of their faith after receiving Christ. This public declaration is baptism. Declaring publicly that one is dying to sin and arising alive to Christ as demonstrated in the sacrament of baptism.
The third item on the agenda is to teach the new disciples how to be a man or woman of the Kingdom of God. How to be saved and live a life according to Kingdom standards. Notice, this requires a deliberate and spirit directed effort to help the new believers grow and develop into men and women of God. Teach them what? All that I have commanded you. Jesus directed the disciples to teach the principles of the Kingdom to every new convert to ensure the perpetuation of Kingdom principles.
It is safe to say that if we are not reaching out through evangelistic efforts, demonstrating and leading new converts in the sacraments of the church and using the gift of teaching to inform the new converts of the principles of the Kingdom, then we may not be implementing the Kingdom's agenda.
Reflect on what you are currently doing for God. Are you implementing His agenda or your own agenda?