The Purpose of an Encounter
Acts of the Apostles 26:14-15
We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.’
“‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked.“And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting.
Today’s topic is a really dicey one, and it’s purpose is to help us grasp why people have encounters, and what the use of an encounter is. Throughout scripture, we find people have numerous encounters with God, and it’s a beautiful moment, in fact I for one have had one of such encounters, but the bigger question is you had an encounter, so what next? are encounters supposed to give you a tingly feeling? or an exciting story to tell at Christian gatherings? well we’ll see that in a second.
First off, let’s speak about praying to gain an encounter, truth is throughout scripture, specifically the new testament, you will never find anyone who had an encounter praying for it or for one, it was God given, in God’s time. You’ll find them praying, yes, however, you can see the kind of prayers they prayed, all geared toward effective ministry, their needs, etc. These are people who had faith in Jesus, some of the early believers had never seen Him, yet they believed. They worked miracles, they preached the gospel, they healed the sick, all by faith, without having to ever see Jesus or a vision of Him. At best, they saw the Apostles heal, so they knew and we’re taught that they could heal too, and the same applies to you.
Many people seek encounters for reasons that are selfish, which is all the more reason why they never get them…have faith in Jesus and in the word, preach the gospel, and you’ll do fine.
Acts of the Apostles 8:4 – But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went
That’s the real work to be done, and while you preach, as Jesus promised, signs will follow.
These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.
They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”
Now, what’s the point of an encounter? If you notice, the encounter was never even about the recipient. Paul’s encounter was never about Paul, but about the numerous Gentiles that God wanted saved. Yes Paul was in God’s grand scheme of things, but ultimately, Gods desire was to see people saved. Peter’s encounter, the vision he had was never about Peter, but about Cornelius and his family getting saved. Philips encounter with the angel was never about Philip, but about the Ethiopian Eunuch getting saved. Most times, encounters even come at your most vulnerable point, when God needs to reach out to someone, but you are not in a position to respond appropriately. Just keep doing the work of ministry, and rather than desiring encounters, desire that men be saved, God bless you.
Thank you Lord for the ultimate encounter I’ve had with you, the revelation of the fact that you came to die for me, and that you love me to the moon and back, thank you Jesus.
Author – Gem