“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you?so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:16 (NIV)
In the history of his missionary journeys, Paul explored big cities because those places were very influential. He believed that winning those cities would accelerate the spread of the Gospel. Therefore, if you are an Indonesian diaspora, it is never a coincidence that God has placed you abroad. There must be a divine purpose in it and God wants us to bear fruits wherever we are.
Even though conditions have been difficult because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we must stay strong in the vision because that vision is our security. God put you abroad to live in victory, not to be a loser whose focus is only to save and to live for yourself. God is not calling you to in survival mode but in salvation mode!
Although churches already exist and the Gospel is preached in the place where you are migrating now, God has prepared a specific role for the Indonesian diasporas who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior and are filled with the Holy Spirit. And this special role is not given to other nations. Indonesian people have unique characteristics like those of the City of Ephesus. Ephesus was like modern-day Turkey, a city located between two continents, where Eastern civilization met Western civilization. Prophetically speaking, this characteristic resembles the character of the Indonesian diasporas that are blessed with the ability to adapt to multi-culture.
Indonesian people have missionary DNA. For this reason, we have to start to take part in this divine vision because we are called in one anointing, which is to go andset the captives free from the bondage of sin, whether the time is favorable or not.
What should we do as Indonesian diasporas today?
1. Focus on the vision, but live in wisdom.
2. Fix our eyes on things above, but our feet must land in daily responsibilities.
3. Be faithful in simple things and do your part and role as a good citizen.
Our job is to release the prisoners of sins, and the power of God will rebuke the darkness. Our job is to pray in Jesus’ name. Our job is to preach the Word, testify, and live in the Word. Revival and miracles will definitely happen wherever we are.
Excerpted from Ps. Philip Mantofa’s sermon