The Call 2
I once had an interesting conversation with a young friend that is just starting out in the call of God upon his life. He complained about the way his call was being received by those he called mentors. He felt he had not gotten enough support from them and he started doubting if God had truly called him. At the time of our conversation, he was feeling defeated, depressed and dejected. He expected that his ministry will be received and celebrated by his peers and his mentors. The tendency for so many at this stage is to compromise in the instructions received from God to gain the acceptance of the people. The Lord has put His word in our mouths and we have no choice but to declare what He is speaking. “Then the Lord reached out His hand touched my mouth, and told me: look I have filled your mouth with My words.” Jeremiah 1:9. Friend, they are not your words or message, it is the message of the Lord, why then are you seeking validation from people around you? The Bible tells us in John 3:34a that Jesus speaks the words of God not philosophies or principles of the elders or scribes. He didn’t come speaking the words of men or waiting for the approval of any man. His preoccupation was to please He that has sent Him. Paul stated same in Galatians 1:11 “Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not based on a human point of view.” When a person misses this point, he gets frustrated and unfulfilled. The truth is my friend, we are not called to be people pleasers but to please only He that has sent us. That was why Jesus Christ prayed for His Disciples in John 17:14 “I have given them Your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world.” The world will not welcome the message you carry but they will be won over by the power of God through the message. God told Jeremiah “See, today I have set you over nations and kingdoms, to uproot and tear down to destroy and demolish to build and plant.” Jeremiah 1:10. As a servant of God we must uproot, tear down, destroy and demolish any system that is not of God and plant His Kingdom in its place. This we can only achieve when we fearlessly, accurately and adequately deliver the WORDS of God. The truth is you will not be supported because your Master was not supported. Why? His message challenged the status quo! Luke 2:34a “Then Simeon blessed them and told His mother Mary: ‘Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed.’” This simply means, if you follow the Lord in truth and in Spirit it will cause the rise and fall of many. Just like Christ, you will be a figure that will be misunderstood and contradicted. And like Jeremiah, the young man told me but I am a child, when did I start out in ministry? Friend, Ministry is not an organization or an enterprise; you have been called to do a part of a work, for how long you may not know, JUST DO IT! God told Jeremiah not to see himself as a child but to declare whatever the Lord has asked him to do and go wherever he is asked to. The clincher there is: “Do not be afraid of anyone for I will be with you to deliver you. This is the Lord’s declaration.” Jeremiah 1:8. Therefore, stand up from fear, intimidation and frustration, be who God has called you to be and deliver the words of God fearlessly in all humility to the glory of God. God bless you.