WHAT IS YOUR CALLING?(2)
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*WHAT IS YOUR CALLING? (2)*
Isaiah 61:1-3, Luke 4:18-19:
*The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;*
*To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;*
*To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Christ is all-inclusive.
God called Elijah to Ahab. His exploits with the prophet of Baal brought about the sinister plot by Jezebel to kill him. Elijah fled, became discouraged and frustrated.
His discouragement happened in the course of pursuing God's call to destroy the worship of Baal, 1 Kings 18, 19.
The question we often ask is whether or not our failures or success is due to our ability or inability to limit ourselves to where God had called us.
We all must respect what God has called us to do and must do it in honor of God and His people.
We must also know that doing what our hands find to do is also approved before God, Eccl 9:10.
At the same time, we must apply caution when we resolutely conclude
or generalize our diassapointments, delays, or failures in ministry.
It is true in some cases that people fail when they deviate from the original instructions of a call. The story of the old and the young prophet from Judah is a good example, 1 Kings 13.
It is, however, important to know that not all disappointment, delay, or failures are due to a deviation from our calling. Many of our challenges that we face could be attributable to a suffering of the faith.
Elijah faced frustration doing what he was occasioned by God to do.
Jeremiah was depressed accusing God that He had deceived him all in the area of his calling, Jer 20:7.
Many times, it may be right to adduce the challenges and despair we face in our callings to the sufferings associated with the faith in God.
Paul suffered in ministry, yet he was purposefully driven in his ministry.
One of the most potent ways to survive in ministry is the Holy Spirit help through foundational mentoring and maintaining it.
This is why every one of us called must submit ourselves to the tutelage of those whom God has endowed with sound doctrinal teachings of the word.
Knowing the word tells us many things, one of which is that there is always a humble beginning. A mentor or an elder mentor is a key guide, Eli and Samuel, I Sam 2, 3, Uzziah and Zechariah, 2 Chro 26:5.
Those who rightly divide the word of truth. Paul says we must never be ashamed of this, 2 Tim 2:15.
Building ourselves is key also. Learning is earning power!
These guides will help by showing you the way and encouraging you in your calling.
Whichever is God's call for you, remember that there can never be true deliverance without the salvation of the soul.
There can never be true prosperity, transformation, without true sanctification, justification, consecration of the soul.
There can not be true marriage counseling preaching without the couples knowing that the bed must remain undefiled. How would they achieve this without holiness preaching? How would they be holy without submitting their lives to Christ?
So there is no preaching of Christ that will not involve every principle or road to salvation.
To say this is my specialty of calling is to choose one and neglect others, and if Christ is Lord of all, then He is not complete in your calling.
Paul says to the Colosians in Col 2:10 *And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:*
Complete gospel is a balanced gospel, and it is your spiritual balanced diet.
To pursue one and leave the other is to open the door to spiritual malnutrition. The people of God need proper spiritual nutrition.
To restrict yourself to one area of the gospel is depriving the people of enough spiritual food to eat.
If they are not eating enough of the right things, they will be unable to reproduce fully since they had little to eat. The people of God need to eat enough of the right spiritual food.
Paul says to Timothy in 2 Tim 2:3
*And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.*
In 2 Timothy 1:13, he says
*Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.*
In 2 Timothy 3:10,14 *But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, …"*
v14 *But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;*
Paul taught Timothy throughly and thoroughly!
If you are complete in Him, you can not continue to preach one and neglect others.
In all of the gospel of Christ, none is the gospel without the others, each with the others is the gospel.
*Call to Word.*
The gospel table of Christ is not a gospel of, believe in one, and leave the others but believe one, believe others, and you will have all to offer the yearning people.
*The Christian clarion duty.*
To say this is your specialization may be attributable to preaching another gospel other than *".....that which we have preached unto you"* Gal 1:8-9.
Remember, it is not about man. If it is a revelation of Christ, then it must include all of Christ for all, Gal 1: 10-12.
Let me be thoroughly furnished in order to teach others thoroughly, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day.
God bless you.