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“It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth” (Isa. 49:6).

During this month of Tishrei, I have been very conscious of the need to seek the Lord. I have been aware that He has brought us, His people, in conjunction with national and world events, to a place of convergence where He wants us to shift and see the larger assignment He has for us.

I believe Isaiah 49 illustrates this. It is actually a prophecy about Jesus, but in many ways it fits us exactly. Consider the following verses:

“The Lord has called Me from the womb” (49:1). Similarly, God called us and has plans for us that were made before we were born.

“In His quiver He has hidden Me” (49:2). Jesus was unknown and remained hidden until the time of His ministry. While many of us have already been used by the Lord, this refers to a new unveiling or release. It also refers to the church. The so-called “lay people” have largely been hidden. Now God wants to release them as His special arrows.

“Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; Yet surely my just reward is with the Lord’” (49:4). Jesus was sent to bring Israel back to the Lord (vs. 5). In one sense we could say He wasn’t able to do that, thus the statement, “I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain.” Yet He wasn’t discouraged. This also can be said of many of us. We have labored for the Lord and there has been not the expected result (especially in Japan). But in no way should we be discouraged because there is reward.

Often the time of apparent failure is when the shift occurs and the much, much larger assignment is revealed. God told Jesus that just restoring Israel was too small of a thing and that He was sent to the whole world as well. We know the nation of Israel is vital, but it is tiny and its people are few. God used Jesus to provide salvation for every people and every nation.

This has two applications for us, which are as follows:

First, in general the Lord wants us to know that while He is thankful for the harvest of souls until now, He is saying that His people will now move on a much, much larger scale. We will see the greatest harvest the world has ever seen.

Second, personally it’s time to lift up our eyes and see that the fields are white to harvest. Be willing to ask for, expect for, and believe for much larger things than you ever have until now. The Holy Spirit has been working in us and preparing us. The Lord wants us to hear Him say, “‘It is too small a thing’ [49:6] what you have been doing until now. ‘I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles’” (those we never thought we could reach or affect). In other words, He wants to greatly enlarge our assignments and spheres.

Let the Lord shift you during this time.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka