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Sunday
Aug142016

The Direction of Your Trajectory 

“Tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

How do you handle omniscience?  No, not you or me.  I’m talking about the disciples and Jesus.  He knew what they didn’t know, as they finally learned that after three and a half years.  His anointed words were more than wise or beautiful; they were packed with promise.  His mother, Mary, had it right way back at the marriage of Cana.  “Whatever He says to you, do it.” John 2:5. 

Now, it had come down to this.  Jesus’ work on earth was done; He was ready to go.  At Bethany, the moment of His shocking departure from this world to glory, He didn’t give His followers time for fond farewells.  He didn’t let them wallow in self-pity or in bemoaning their loss. Instead, he revealed to them the exciting and glorious future of the church.  Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:46-49.

Jesus had created a movement bursting with potential.  Would it self-destruct without their Leader?  Would it explode?  Implode?  Fizzle?  Would it be hijacked by an ambitious strongman?  Or, would it splinter into little groups with divisive personalities vying for power?  Any or all of these things could have happened.  Something was going to happen.  Knowing this, Jesus set the direction of the trajectory.  He transformed Himself into yet another manifestation—the Holy Spirit.  Through the Holy Spirit, He would continue to lead His church. 

Fast forward to today.  Too many leaders burst with promise, but desperately need direction.  They have powerful ministries, amazing congregations, golden opportunities and abundant blessings.  They are potential trajectories in search of a direction.  Like an archer who has an arrow placed on the drawn bowstring, they search the horizon for a target.  Should they wait and wait until they tire of holding the bow in a firing position?  Should they listen to voices who have their own agenda?  Or, should they get help locating the bullseye, and then unleash their potential?

Spirit-filled leaders emerged in the early church who gave the church the right direction.  The Apostle Peter, and later, Apostles Paul, James and John guided the band of believers in the right direction until it became a force that filled the earth.  The raw power didn’t erupt in a meaningless explosion.  It didn’t wane and fail.  It gathered momentum and rushed to revival and dominance.

If you are a leader, a shepherd, a minister who wants to know what to do and how to do it, you need someone who can give you right direction.  You don’t need a different doctrine.  You don’t need a belief system overhaul.  You don’t need deconstruction.  No one can make you into a leader; you could learn, however, how to be a better leader.  Someone can help you know which way to go and how to make good decisions.  Who you are and what you have is all you need.  Your trajectory just needs the right direction.

Or, should we say trajexion?

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