A Need is not A Call
It is often mistaken that God’s people are called to meet the needs of the world. No way. God’s people are called to do God’s Will. This is one of the reasons as to why so many are caught with busy-ness and having so much running around to meet the so-called needs which are mostly wants. Unfortunately, large numbers of people have a fixed mind-set that God’s people are only called to attend to their needs, irrespective of their role. Sometime, God’s servants do miss fulfilling the real Call of God for their lives, for some even after serving 30 years. It is so crucial for everyone, both ordained and laity, to know his own Calling with certainty. Our church should play a greater part in helping her members to find their true Calling. This is one of the essential talents that every Christian should have, and it must be encouraged to release it appropriately – Releasing the true Calling of the people of God. God will be most pleased and the world will be most harmonious and peaceful when all people can fulfill their own Calling.
People are called into many different spheres of careers and vocations. Some are called into the professional, business, enterprises, political, religious, social, security, service ministries, etc. God will and has equipped each accordingly. Every person must identify one’s own Call and to faithfully pursue until the fulfilment of it. However, when God’s people are not clear with their Call, they will easily be swept by the popular interest thus will tend to follow the crowd pull-factor.
The Scripture is clear that the people in ministry are given different gifts or having different callings. Some are called to a position or a post or a duty while others are called to a ministerial giftings for a certain cause and at a certain period.
“But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift…… he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” (Eph 4:7, 12)
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” (Rom 12:6 -8)
How wonderful a world we would be living in if a pastor is released to do his God’s called proper pastoral ministry, a police person to proper security, a business person to proper dealings, a professional to proper duty, a politician to proper law making, a service provider to proper service, etc.! Therefore, it is crucial for all to know each own Calling and to employ it for God’s glory and to benefit humankind. We must first answer our Call then only the needs around.
Let us encourage each other to seek our own Calling and to release it to its fullest according to God’s apportionment to the glory of God!