A Primer on Partnership with God
And the angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and
bring you these glad tidings.
As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to
which I have called them." (3) Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. (4) So, being
sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
Some of us have no doubt wondered why some Christians are sent by God or chosen to do ‘special things’ to expand the
kingdom, while the rest of us linger around looking for something to do for the kingdom. Or perhaps, we do nothing for the
kingdom until we ‘feel led’.
The two passages above reveal a secret to Who God picks to partner with and send to do kingdom stuff – those who
“[stand] in the presence of God]”, who wait on the Lord in prayer and fasting, and learn to hear His beautiful
voice saying, “will you go for Me?”
Gabriel is tough to even try and use as an example since, well, he is an angel. But I believe God’s principles of partnership
are universal and extend from the angels who reside in His presence to the lowly believer who kneels in His presence
while still in their bedroom.
The disciples in the early church are easier for us to understand. They were human, like us. And as we can, they spent
time “[ministering] to the Lord and [fasting]”, waiting to hear His call to action. The passage doesn’t say how long they
waited while spending time in God’s presence, but that’s irrelevant. For God to send some of us, we simply have to camp
in His presence with a willing heart to do whatever, whenever, and wherever, He leads.
How did the believers who weren’t ‘separated’ to God feel when the Holy Spirit picked Barnabus and Saul, and they were
‘left out’? They partnered with Barnabus and Saul as Barnabus and Saul partnered with God! They prayed for them