Saturday, July 30, 2011

HOW DO I KNOW GOD HAS CALLED HIM?

by Aziza Uko


“Aziza, a friend of mine told me that God has called him to ministry. He said God spoke to him. But I feel uneasy about it the whole thing? How do I confirm that God truly called him and he is not making this up? – Luna Rivers

First, all Christians are called to the work of Christ. Yet there are those who have dedicated their lives to work of the ministry. There are those who received a special mandate from God. Some people are drawn to the work of the ministry. Some are moved to work for God. There is room for all.

When a person tells us that God called her and gave her a specific assignment, it is not our place to question the call. It falls under the region of “personal testimonies”. You don’t argue a personal testimony. At the same time, you don’t have to “follow” the person if you don’t want to. But don’t disprove the calling – you were not there when the person was called neither does the Caller seek clarification from you before calling someone. If you are really troubled, just ask the Holy Spirit and He will tell you what you need to know.

One thing is sure - God confirms His Word at all times. When He gives someone an assignment or a mandate – the sign will be evident. There will undeniable proof of the hand of God over the person’s life especially in the area of his calling. Testimonies must follow.

My Pastor rejoices at our testimonies and he tells us, “Your testimonies are my own reward”. That is why you often see pastor very excited when people give testimonies of how God used their ministries to change people’s lives. Some people get upset about it and think the pastor is boasting. It’s a lack of understanding. Testimonies are confirmation from God that He truly sent the preacher or pastor. Ministers need to hear that God is doing what He said He would do. So, don’t shy away from sharing testimonies with your pastor. It encourages him and lets him know that he is doing the right thing.

When people outline a mandate they have from God – it has to be backed up by scripture. God will not call someone to do something contrary to His word or to do something that only He can do. He will not call someone for instance into “deliverance ministry” because no human being can deliver another. He will not call people to cast out demons from His children because His children don’t have demons.

But He calls people to “preach the Word of Faith” which is in line with the global mandate that Jesus has given all Christians in Matthew 28 v 18 - 20. “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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(c) 2011, Aziza Uko. This work is the original work of the author and copyrighted. It may not be reproduced in part or in whole in any form without the permission of the author and proper acknowledgement.

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