The Resurgent Leader – Part 4
Understanding the importance of being a resurgent leader helps us identify WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY, ie. a favorable opportunity for doing something that must be seized immediately if it is not to be missed.
John 9:4 (NIV) ‘As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.’
Ephesians 5:16 (NLT) ‘Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.’
After World War Two when Japan had been conquered by the USA they were very open to the God of the Americans. A call was made for missionaries to the Japanese. The response of missionaries was dismal. Since then Japan prospered greatly and they have become hardened again because the church missed their day of opportunity for Japan. Today churches in Japan are very small and evangelism is very tough.
There is a time of opportunity to reach human beings between the ages of four and fourteen. Missiologists call it the 4-14 window. After that people harden in their belief or unbelief. Every church needs to be geared to SURGE FORWARD and ‘seize the moment’ in terms of evangelism to children and teens.
Another time for the church’s RESURGENCE in the evangelistic effort is when people are vulnerable because of the crisis in their lives, like addiction, divorce, the death of loved ones, sickness, etc. If we try to win everyone all the time we can become disappointed but if we are sensitive to the cycles and patterns of ripening and resurgence we can be more successful and more encouraged.
John 4:34 (NLT) ‘But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.’
Understanding the principles of resurgence is important because for God even THREE DAYS DEAD IS NOT BEYOND RESURGENCE AND RESURRECTION.
What we brand as humanely ‘beyond repair’ is not beyond repair to God. Lazarus was raised from the dead after four days. Jesus rose again after three days. Humanly speaking they were way beyond repair but in God’s economy, they were quite resurrectable.
Sarah’s reproductive system was way beyond child-bearing but her womb experienced a divine resurgence at age 90 (after 45 years of menopause). That’s my God!
Genesis 17:17 (BBE) ‘Then Abraham went down on his face, and laughing, said in his heart, May a man a hundred years old have a child? will Sarah, at ninety years old, give birth?’
Because of deaths from brain injuries in boxing over the years, referees have become more cautious. They count boxers out and award a Technical Knockout (TKO) before there is long-term or fatal brain injury. But with my God you can be knocked out and buried and still resurge.
So whatever we do, let’s not give up. As British Second World War statesman said of their fight against Hitler, “Never, never, never give up.” Your church, your ministry, your dream is resurging and resurrecting no matter what!