Potential employees of the government need to answer a series of questions before they can be hired. One of the questions that used to be asked was this: “Do you think you are a special agent of God?”
As you can imagine, it was designed to weed out potential “crazies” from the civil service. I get where the hiring committee was coming from.
But if you’re a follower of Jesus, you actually are a special agent of God.
Writing in the 1st century, the apostle Peter said, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation…” (1 Peter 2:9, ESV). That sounds like “special agent” status to me!
I think God communicates with us all the time. You may not hear an audible voice, but as you mature as a Christian, you will come to increasingly trust the inner promptings that (a) are consistent with biblical teachings, and (b) benefit others. Let me give you an example.
I often get a strong urge to pray for someone. It can hit me when I’m driving my car, sitting at my desk, or lying in bed. I think to myself, ‘I wonder why that person just popped into my head?’ Over time, I’ve come to trust that this is God calling me to pray for someone.
So I do it. And I think you should too.
One time this urge was so strong that I dropped to my knees in the middle of the kitchen right then and there and pleaded to God for a particular person. I later learned that they were going through an intense spiritual battle that very same day!
When God summons you to prayer, answer him. Wherever you are. He can use your obedience in that very moment for healing, for hope, and for the good of one of his children.
If you’re a follower of Jesus, you’re a special agent of God.
By Matthew Ruttan