“And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith… Read more “God’s Leader, Pt. 2”
“…for many be called, but few are chosen…” (20:16; 22:14).
and in the Epistle to the Romans,
“…For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance…” (11:29).
This leads us to question why “…many are called…”, but only a “…few are chosen…”? Within life, several people can be selected for the same opportunity, but only the one who has stood out from among the rest will be chosen. Why? Because the individual has certain qualities and experiences that cause the person in charge to focus upon him or her more so than the others.
Likewise, in the Kingdom, the thing that causes one person to stand out above the others lies not so much in their own ability. It lies in the quality and experience of their lives that stem from having a genuine relationship with God which is evidenced by the presence and power of the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon and within them. Not convinced?
Reflect, for a moment, upon the story of Nadab and Abihu (Lev. 10:1-7). The sons of Aaron were called and ordained to perform services within the Tabernacle. However, only Aaron was anointed to offer
“…burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the veil: and he shall put the incense upon the fire before the Lord, the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony…” (16:12, 13).
Stepping into a role just because you have the gifting to perform in the office does not automatically qualify you to function within the position. It is the anointing that makes the difference! Still not convinced?
Jesus, Himself, said,
“Not every one that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord!’, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doth the will of My Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have we not cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.'” (Mt. 7:21-23).
There are many people who have been called to perform certain assignments in the Kingdom; however, if their lives are not aligned with the Word of God and their actions are not endorsed by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, then they will not be qualified for service. If they never receive the endorsement of the Holy Spirit, it does not mean that they were not called. It just means that God’s presence will not play a role in what the person is doing. It will be a work of the flesh as opposed to a work performed under the unction of the Holy Spirit.
Receive God’s seal of approval before embarking upon any new endeavor as His ambassador…#thinkonthesethings
As people who are striving to live their lives in accordance with the will of their God, we understand holiness to be God’s standard for living. This standard is not relegated to our interaction with other humans only, but also is inclusive of how we interact with the rest of God’s creation as well. Holiness includes accepting moral and ethical responsibility for ensuring that peace and harmony exists between every part of creation. One purpose of holy living is to evoke covenantal fidelity within us that will lead us to responding to God’s call to action wherein everything exists in perfect peace and harmony and His creation is ultimately restored to being “very good” (Gen. 1:31).
We must have respect for all forms of life. This is inclusive of everything: all animate life and all inanimate life. As we are governed by our fallen nature, we have the propensity to consume all that fulfills our fleshly desires without regard to how it affects the rest of creation. In so doing, our actions have a tendency to thrust the rest of creation into chaos and disorder and seemingly perpetual turmoil.
Once we gain an understanding of this, we will begin to realize the importance of consecrating ourselves to the service of God. We will begin to understand the importance of having concern and compassion for all forms of life. We will begin to understand how living life from this perspective brings forth the perfect peace and harmony that can only be found when God’s Kingdom principles are implemented…may God’s Kingdom come…may God’s will be done…#thinkonthesethings
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Functioning in the service of God is a role that is not to be taken lightly. Handling the sacred things of God, as mentioned in previous posts, is something that must be approached with the utmost reverence and respect. We cannot handle the sacred things of God as we would anything else in life. They are not common. They are not ordinary. They are not natural. This would even extend to our lives.
As we begin to function in the service of God, in order to stand in the holy place, we must approach His holy hill with clean hands and a pure heart (Ps. 24:3,4). Therefore, we must examine ourselves (2 Cor. 13:5). Through the Word. Through prayer and fasting. By the Holy Spirit. Upon meditating on those things which we find that are out of place and not in alignment with God and His standard for living (holiness), we must sanctify and consecrate ourselves unto the Lord for His service (Ex. 32:9; Lev. 11:44; 20:7,8).
Remember…“…all things are lawful unto me (us), but all things are not expedient…your body (our bodies) is (are) the temple (s) of the Holy Ghost Which is in you (us), Which ye (we) have of God, and ye (we) are not your (our) own? For ye (we) have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body (our bodies), AND in your spirit (our spirit), which are God’s…” (1 Cor. 6:12,19,20).
Make a declaration today to consecrate yourself again unto God for His service…set aside time each day to rededicate yourself to God and complete your first works again…some of us have left our First Love and we need need to return by way of the altar…we need to lay ourselves upon the altar once again…we need to be consecrated and sanctified once again…but let’s not let it end there…we need to remain upon the altar in order to allow the fire of the Holy Spirit to consume us completely…
No more I, but Christ Who lives inside of me…#thinkonthesethings