“So Jesus said to them, ‘When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [He], and that I do nothing on my own. But just as the Father taught Me, I say these things.”
Meditate on these things in the verse – “I do nothing on my own.” Jesus did not do anything that was not first initiated by the Father. Many times I observe many Christians busy about their work asking the Father to bless it. This is just the opposite of what Jesus taught us to do. We are to do nothing of our own initiative, but do those things that He has directed us to do. The second observation is “just as the Father taught Me.” “Just as” carries with it the idea of only doing the same thing exactly as the Father did.
OJPM will only be successful in ministry if we only do the things that Jesus did and do it the same way He did. Waiting on the Lord does not entail passively sitting and waiting for our Lord to give us a directive. He has already told us everything we are to be doing – such as witnessing, discipling, to do justice, mercy and walk humbly with Him. With that, the Lord has opened these doors that come with some needs:
The Lord has blessed us with a new office suite. With that blessing comes the need of volunteers to be in the office during the weekdays. At first we will need someone three days a week. As the ministry continues to grow, it will be every weekday. Let me know if you are willing to volunteer and we will set a time to meet, be trained as to the responsibilities and assign the day and time.
The Lord has blessed us with an accountability ministry with the mentoring program at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center. We are teaming up with the mentor ministry in an accountable way – bringing them under the umbrella of OJPM.
The Lord has blessed us with the possibility of a new ministry and expanding a present one. One is the juvenile ministry in Enid and the other is a full time Chaplain with the Midwest City Jail.
The Lord has blessed us with coming along side a Transition Church – Rockwood Baptist Church. Presently, they are in need of missionary volunteers to assist in developing their Bible study ministry, Mentors, and assistance in their Sunday lunch program. Let me know if you are interested in assisting this church.
Please be in prayer for Marylin. She fell earlier this month and dislocated her hip. Pray for healing to occur.
We only desire to do what we see the Father doing and obey in His call upon us.