(Learning To Abide In Your Calling)
– Pastor Bimbo Animashaun
Your ministry is a part of a whole. There are “specifics” of your ministry that may not be peculiar to other people’s ministries yet they could be joined together by a common message or emphasis.
Understanding the specificity of your contribution in the entire jigsaw of the collective mandate, without feeling diminished at whatever level, is very critical to your effectiveness in ministry.
Sometimes when you look at the message and the mandate of ministry, you will realize that a couple of ministers may have a common ground in terms of emphasis yet they don’t lose sight of their specific contributions to the message in the overall.
This, to my mind, is one of the keys to lasting as the Lord’s messenger in the Lord’s Message.
In the Body of Christ over the years, we have seen ministers whose mainstream, main message and main mandate was such as healing, faith, prosperity, Kingdom dynamics, eschatology, New Creation Realities, Human Development, Ethics, etc. yet when you look at them all, you will see “specific points of differences” in their manner of presentation.
In the above-stated thematic emphases and many more, you will realize that while some are strong on the “manifestations”, some talk more about the “processess and procedures” and yet others harp on the “application” to human experience.
Now I must clarify at this juncture for the sake of those who specialize in twisting what you say and take it out of context that CHRIST IS OUR MESSAGE (all of us), no doubt, but here, we’re talking about “specific lines of ministry”.
Having said that, the diversity in expressions with respect to common emphasis shows us that no minister has it all – you play your part and contribute your quota to the entire message.
When you look at the life and ministry of Christ, you will discover that many prophets of the Old Testament talked about it but they only focused on the part that God showed them – none of them saw it all, yet the same subject i. e. THE MESSIAH was their emphasis.
For instance, John the Baptist only spoke about the fact that He would take away the sin of the world – Jn. 1:29; He would baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire – Lk. 3:16; He was the Son of God – Jn.1:34, etc.
But he didn’t talk about THE VERY DETAILS of what transpired on the Cross with respect to what he said; it was Prophet Isaiah that received that and delivered it:
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Many other details were revealed to Isaiah, for instance the fact that the seven Spirits of God would rest on Him – Isa. 11:2 and so on and so forth.
And then, Prophet Moses talked about Christ as A PROPHET – Deut. 18:15 while Enoch saw beyond the events of the Cross, Resurrection, the Rapture into the Second Coming of Christ.
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
The same way, Prophet Daniel, like Enoch, didn’t see into Christ’s earthly ministry but he spoke about apocalyptic events relative to Him – Dan.9:24-27, Dan.7:9-14.
Now, our God was so much detailed that to Prophet Micah, He revealed the nativity of Christ – Matt.2:5-6; to Hosea, He showed him that at a time Jesus’ parents would relocate Him to Egypt – Matt.2:14-15; and to Jeremiah, he showed him the political opposition and massacre that would greet the birth of Christ – Matt.2:16-18.
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
And then we have King David who prophetically wrote psalms about Christ ; David saw beyond the death of Christ and His descension to hell into the New Testament Church that would be born – Psa.16:8-11, Psa.20:30-31; he saw Christ seated at the right hand of His Majesty on High and also into the Dispensation of the Church – the day of His power – Psa.110:1-3 PLUS MUCH MORE.
Whearas Prophets like Ezekiel saw the fact that God would one day change the heart of man and give him a new heart (Salvation experience) – Ezek.36:26-27; he didn’t see all the processes, details and intricacies of it.
Again, shortly after Christ was conceived in the womb and was eventually born, we see this same pattern play out.
Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin, under the Spirit of prophecy, spoke at length about Christ – Lk.1:41-45:; Simeon the old man in the temple also spoke so glowingly about Him – Lk.2:25-32 and also Prophetess Anna contributed hers by the Spirit – Lk.2:37-38.
Now a pertinent question? Why didn’t God show everything or give everything to one single individual?
That we might know that He remains God and that we might know that nobody knows it all – we need each other.
By God’s Grace, I have heard the Faith message preached by fathers like Dad Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Frederick K. C. Price, David Oyedepo, Creflo Dollar and many others.
While Dad Hagin laid the foundation, you see men like Dr. Fred Price harp on the practicality of the faith message; Kenneth Copeland strong on its link with a prosperous life; Creflo Dollar talks more about its processes and procedures while Bishop David Oyedepo is very strong on the results.
Yet it’s THE SAME FAITH MESSAGE. Now that’s my observation over the years. You see, no one knows it all – we need one another.
Everyone is important and every contribution to the main course is significant.
God could have decided to show everything or give everything to one single individual, but He, in the majesty of His eternal wisdom and discretion, has decided to distribute it, that we might know that He remains God and that we might know that we need one another.
That being said therefore, I leave us with Paul’s apostolic admonition to the church at Corinth:
1 CORINTHIANS 7:20
Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
My sincere prayer is that we all find the strength to stay aligned with our part in the message that Christ may be glorified through our ministries.