One mistake people often make in seeking God’s call for full time is that they assume whatever they’re good at in the natural must be God’s call for full time ministry. So if they’re naturally good at public speaking, they figure God must have called them to a speaking ministry. I don’t believe this is always true. It certainly wasn’t true in my case. I was scared of speaking in front of people. But by His grace I am what I am.
You know the flesh always desires a place of honor. It’s desires are always for self. It seeks appreciation and limelight. People tend to choose place of prominence or importance. These are all fleshly desires. No flesh seeks to take the last place. That is why the Word says to put to death the desires of the flesh, by denying yourself, taking up the cross and following Jesus. If you don’t do this, then you cannot follow the Lord, you will be following your own self!
Secondly, it’s more tragic when a person knows God’s will, but doesn’t fulfill it than if they never knew His will to begin with (2 Pet. 2:21). When we get to heaven and look back on our lives, I don’t think many of us will say, “I trusted God too much.” But many of us will say, “I played it too safe. I spent my time being occupied with too many MY things and not going for what God said.”
WHY MANY HAVE QUIT LEADERSHIP OR CALLING (AS THEY ASSUME OR PRESUME)?
Some have quit because they could not face the test. Everybody wants the TESTIMONY, but nobody wants the TEST! You need to endure till the last. They keep looking for the fruit before season. They look at other’s fruit and want it too soon. They don’t know that God has to prepare them, as He takes them on the journey. Jesus prepared for thirty years for His ministry of three years! How many would want to be a Minister for three years, but are not willing to go through preparation for thirty years. In fact we would be willing to go through a preparation for three years for a ministry of thirty years.
HOW CAN YOU ENDURE TILL THE LAST?
When you know, God has called you for full-time, then no matter whatever stumbling block the devil may throw your way, God will keep you going through. Nothing can stop you! Many times, God may not remove the stumbling blocks that Satan puts on the way. That would mean no hindrance on your way at all. Then, where is the test of your faith to continue even through hindrances. You can continue to go forward when you know that God has called you and He will fulfill His calling, when you keep believing and acknowledging that God will keep you till the last.
Those who were not called for full time, can still keep working for the Lord. You don’t need a designation to serve the Lord or preach the gospel. What, if you are not given the designations as Pastor, evangelist, Prophet, Reverend or Doctor. Names are not that important to Heaven. It’s the inner traits that attract Heaven. The earth is different and operates differently and Heaven is different and operates differently.
The earth is bothered about the externals – your name, designation, accomplishments etc. Heaven sees what you are on the inside and the more you resemble Christ in the inner life, Heaven is excited about you. Many don’t know this and have been serving the earthly realm rather than the heavenly realm.
Some whose ministries have failed, was because first and foremost they were never given designations and secondly, they were never led by Holy Spirit to leave their churches, where God had led them and wanted their talents to be a part to fulfill that God given ministry.
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