Friday, October 15, 2010
GOD USES ALL KINDS
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And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12)
I had originally planned to go a different direction and explain the difference between each of the callings, but after reading and researching here is what I discovered. The main thing is that ALL of them were and are called to declare the Word of God to the People.
Pastors have the highest and most important post because He is responsible for guidance, as well as preaching and teaching the Word. It is his responsibility to preach and help us to know what God expects from us, and how to live for God. The "teachers" are just that. They are suppose to teach us lessons from God's Word to help us get along in this life, yet still maintain being a Christian unless we have the knowledge and the "spiritual weapons" to do so. Evangelists: These are "traveling preachers", although their main concern in their messages are people receiving Salvation.
As Children of God, it is all of our responsibility to spread God's Word. This is one reason God says to hide His Word in our hearts. There may come a time when we come across someone who is in real need of encouragement from God, or guidance from Him and we may be the one who is there to give it. He has given each of us certain gifts, but it is up to us whether we choose to use and develop them or not.
While we need to be cautious about who we listen to because God does warn us about false preachers, God uses all kinds of people. some may not be well educated, (even the Bible says some of the disciples were unlearned), but that is the purpose of the Holy Spirit. He is to teach us and lead us into All Truths. So this tells me that someone who studies the Word (even on their own), spends a lot of time with God in Prayer, and has an intimate relationship with Him is one whom I would trust to give me a Word from the Lord. I have several ladies in my church to whom I can go to with questions and would take their word just as easily as I would my Pastor's, because I know their hearts are as close to God as one can be. I sincerely believe that He places people in our lives for a specific time and specific reason. He places these people in our lives specifically to help and build up believers, for "the full equipping of the saints" to help us in our spiritual warfare.
I can't and won't say that I was specifically chosen by God to proclaim the Word of God. What I will say is that I feel that it is my duty as a "True Christian" to do so, especially because of the demoralization of the world's status. Not only that, I enjoy talking about God. He is my favorite subject. I can't help but feel that if He is the main thing I talk about, then somewhere along the line, something I say to someone will be just what they NEEDED to hear, and will change their life for the better. We need all of the outspoken Christians we can get to proclaim the Word of God and Salvation we can get. The latter days are here, and the time is drawing nigh for Jesus' Return. When it's my turn to stand in front of my Creator, I want Him to see that I did all I could to bring people to Him and lead them toward Salvation. I look forward to hearing the words "Well done, thy good and faithful servant".
I encourage you to allow God to speak to you through whomever He chooses and to not resist a message from Him by rejecting someone He sends to speak His word to you. After all, He used a donkey to talk to Baalam, so why is it so difficult to believe that He would use an "average" person to send you a word from Him?
Another way of edifying God or building up "the church" is by the use of "Spiritual Gifts".
The Spiritual gifts are Wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues. God divides these gifts among His people as He sees fit.
We must pray, and focus on God's Will, to know which He has given to us. Then use it. The main key, though, is faith. We must have faith that Our God will hear our prayer and do as we ask. according to His Word. After all, His Word does say in John 15:7, If ye abide in Me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. This is only one of many verses that say if we know His word and will believe in Him, and His ability, what we ask, He will take care of. Without faith, our gift is useless. After all, it is God that works through us. not our own abilities.
Remember: God places certain people in our lives for a reason. Learn to enjoy a variety of people and the gifts God has placed in them for your benefit.
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