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Everyone who comes into the world has a tailor-made role that they are called to play for the betterment of mankind. The tragedy, however, is that many people purposelessly drift through life and never come to understand why God brought them here. If one lacks knowledge concerning their purpose, they need to pray and inquire from the Holy Spirit what is expected of them so that they can effectively fulfil the call of God on their life.

If you are not sure of the parameters of your specific calling, you ask the Lord in prayer and fasting. In the book of Acts 13:1-3, after the disciples had prayed and fasted, the Holy Spirit revealed to them that Paul and Barnabas had to be separated for the (specific) work that God had prepared for them. Jesus Christ was such a phenomenal success because He understood the scope of His calling and refrained from doing anything at cross-purposes with the call of God on His life. He is our role model. The ministry of Jesus was primarily focused on Israel, which is why He never ventured out into the wider Gentile world, but delegated that responsibility to His disciples. When a Gentile woman implored Jesus to heal her demon-possessed daughter, His response, at face value, sounded more like an insult:

He answered, ‘I was sent only
to the lost sheep of Israel
It is not right to take the children’s bread
 and toss it to their dogs.’
MATTHEW 15:24-26, NKJV

What this simply means is that as an individual, you’re not called to minister to everyone. It is clear in the scripture above that Jesus understood that He was called to minister to the lost house of Israel, but He, in Mark 16:15, delegated the responsibility of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth to his apostles. 

In his letter to the church at Ephesus — where the church had been established by an eloquent speaker from Alexandria in Egypt, Apollos, before his own sojourn there during his third missionary journey — the Apostle Paul taught about the five-fold ministry. In Ephesians 4:11, he spelt out that God had established five ministry offices: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. The tragedy, however, is that many have sought to delve into ministry offices far divorced from their callings, with tragic consequences. Understandably, one may feel that being a prophet is more ‘glamorous’ because of the spotlight. But if you are a teacher, don’t force yourself into the prophetic ministry and if you are a prophet, don’t seek the office of an evangelist or apostle. In fact, you have an obligation to elevate your own office as Paul tells the church at Rome:

Now a word to you who are Gentiles.
I should like you to know that 
I make as much as I can
of my ministry as God’s messenger to the Gentiles 
ROMANS 11:12-13, MSG

You're not called to minister to everyone. There are people that God has specifically designed you to reach with the gospel. Your obligation is to reach those people, shepherd them, and ensure that none of them is lost. Jesus’ ministry, for instance, was specifically focused on that inner cabal of 12 men he picked up from the hundreds of disciples who trailed him. These were the men He spent most of His time with, taught and ministered to more than anyone else and at the close of His ministry, he delegated them the duty carry forward His message to those He had not directly reached because there were not within the scope of His calling.

In the beautiful prayer that our Lord offered for His disciples as His earthly ministry drew to a close, we see that although Jesus had not personally ministered to everyone in the world, He had, nevertheless, fulfilled the call of God on His life:

While I was with them (the 12 apostles) in the world,
I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me
I have kept, and none of them is lost,
but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.   
JOHN 17:12, KJV

Popular Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) television programme, The 700 Club, once featured the story of a woman who had a phenomenally successful ministry among sex workers, most of whom she eventually led to Christ. The woman understood that her calling was specifically to minister to sex workers upon whom society frowned, and to effectively reach them, she dressed as a sex worker and frequented the red light districts in which they worked. After winning the confidence of the sex workers who had embraced her as one of their own, she began her ministry, reaching them one by one.

Understandably, many people did not understand her because of the unconventional manner in which she operated. When you start to fulfill your calling, you will be misunderstood, especially within the Christian community itself. Your journey, as Paul will tell you, will be fraught with pitfalls. His ministry to the Gentiles was misunderstood by the early apostles who thought salvation was just for the Jews among whom Jesus had walked.

Although Paul did not minister to everyone even among the Gentiles, at the end of his life, he had the unshakable conviction that he had fulfilled his calling to the letter. This conviction was expressed in his second epistle to his young apprentice, Timothy:

I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.

What we find quite striking is that although in some instances, Paul was not able to minister in certain towns and cities (after he was forbidden by the Holy Spirit), he was still satisfied that he had fulfilled the call of God. If you are a pastor, you also have to appreciate that God has not called you to reach everyone, so never compare the size of your church with that of the next pastor. The grace upon your life will cover a certain number – maybe just 500, a thousand, a million etc.

Our challenge to you today is that allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to you your calling and guide you in fulfilling it. Until next time, God bless you!


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  2. This is spirit filled...glory be to God for such a revelation!

  3. Well done. Well written and well landed. We hope as Christians we learn from your article.
    "Christians" have now started to look at Christianity as a platform to make money. We can still make money but we must seek The Lord and his righteousness and money will come. God our Father owns everything and he will not want to see us poor and suffer in this world. I really appreciated the word you shared with me and others. God bless you.

  4. Many thanks for your sentiments, Dee. God bless you!