RCCG Open Heaven 21 August 2020: True To Your Calling?
Memorise: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. – 1 Corinthians 12:11
Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 (KJV)
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members
of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be
Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to
drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less
honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely
parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body
together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily
prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings,
helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 46-48
Open Heaven 21 August 2020 Friday MESSAGE:
There are many people in ministry today who are going off track
because they are operating in areas wherein they were not called. Some,
out of personal ambition, are operating in callings that are not theirs
while others are innocently operating in the wrong callings out of
concern. Having a burden about something or seeing a need does not
automatically translate to a calling.
“And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.” – 2 Timothy 2:5
According to the above Bible verse, anyone who does things outside
the will of the Master will be disqualified. Everyone who God has called
is scored by Him. If what you are doing is outside God’s calling for
your life, no matter how good you are in that calling or ministry, it is
regarded as irrelevant.
Paul was greatly burdened by how the Jews were walking outside the
will of God. He kept preaching to them, yet they were persecuting him.
The greatest persecution he got were from the Jews because God was
trying to point him in the direction of his calling – the Gentiles
first, then to kings and then to the children of Israel (Acts 9:15). Had
he not been so persecuted by the Jews, he would not have been able to
take the gospel to as many gentiles as he did. Thank God that in Acts
18:5-6, he finally decided to leave the Jews and go to the gentiles to
whom he was primarily sent.
God calls people for a reason and if everyone were to leave their
calling to attend to someone else’s, there would be trouble. Imagine
someone who is called to cause a great evangelical revival being so
burdened about leadership in the nation that he distracts himself by
contesting elections. Imagine what would happen if the one who is to
find the cure to incurable disease were to become burdened about the
economy that he gets a job in the ministry of Finance. You need to
identify your calling through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and stay
in it so as to fulfil your destiny and more importantly, for the world
to be a better place.
Open Heaven 21 August 2020 Friday Reflection:
Are you true to the calling of God upon your life?