(THE ANOINTING UPON YOUR LIFE TO SERVE)
(AS PART OF THE STEPPING OUT IN YOUR CALLING SERIES)
Thank you for everything, thank you for the word of God, for instruction, for deliverance, for healing, for wisdom, for growth, for all that you have blessed us with and taught us along the way. I pray for those who are unsure about their calling and need clarity for what to do in the kingdom, Father I pray over their gifts and pray you help build them up to be prosperous in all they set their hands on. Halleluyah
By this stage we have spoken about
The calling from God
How to begin your journey/ important factors
With all this comes on to one important aspect of your walk in Christ as part of the stepping out in your calling series- to know WHO YOU ARE CALLED TO SERVE.
1 John 2:27 ‘But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in YOU, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.’
This is to say that we are to remember that Christ dwells in us all through the Holy Spirit, so in all our ways we are to trust in Him, rely on Him, and seek Him for guidance, healing, strength and to live according to His word. This involves a personal, intimate relationship with God to cover all areas of your life.
The Holy Spirit is a teacher, the Holy Spirit is our guide, and the Holy Spirit instructs and gives clarity to what we may not understand. Without the Holy Spirit we will go astray, we will lose our senses, be misled and lose more than we gain. More importantly we have the Holy Spirit to discern from what is good and what is bad, we are assured that in every area of our lives God cares and always backs up His word and it never returns back void.
Ephesians 2:10 states ‘For we are His workmanship, created in Yeshua unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.’
Through God’s unmerited grace upon our lives we become Christians but it’s not as a result of our actions, fellowship or effort. But it is important to acknowledge His free gift to us that we are a reflection of the word as to how we act to serve others and help build the kingdom. Love, peace, patience, sound mind, discernment and humility and above all to not be people pleasers or self-pleasers in our ways. When we become saved it is not just the right step to build on a relationship with God and be used for His glory but to serve Christ and build the kingdom.
We are all called with a special purpose and gifts to birth in the kingdom, so our walk in Christ reaches out to make a contribution to help impact the lives of those you are called to serve. Not just positioned to receive but positioned to give back to those God has placed in your life along the way.
(FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW THEIR PURPOSE AND OR THOSE THEY ARE CALLED TO SERVE, MAKE THAT A PRAYER POINT FROM TODAY AND GOD WILL REVEAL TO YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW).
In the world when someone says I did a good deed to help someone, in some cases there is always a consequence as in its not always done for free they will always get something out of it because let’s be honest in the world good gestures aren’t 100% free there is always an exchange of hands and or a request for what is expected to be done. That is not how it should be, you shouldn’t always give to receive, give with a pure heart and God will meet your needs. On the flip side good deeds in the kingdom is your service to others, what God calls you to do. Because no matter the deed that is done to serve others, you are positioning yourself to serve and fulfil your purpose as you go along.
No matter who we are, God alone knows us better than anyone, Jeremiah 1:5 ‘Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified the, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.’
That is to say that you should be encouraged that well before being in the womb God thought of you and had a plan for you that He knew would manifest and all glory would go to Him and Him alone. Never look down on yourself or compare yourself to others because what God has deposited in you no man can rob you off it and only God will make it come to pass at the set time. Take your eyes of the natural and look to the spiritual God alone will never let you down, He is a God of wonders, supernatural uplifting and is limitless in all His ways. We are all called with specific assignments to fulfil so if you do not know your purpose reach out to God in prayer for Him to reveal to you what you need and trust in Him to fulfil what He has said concerning your life, despite what situations you find yourself in.
As Rick warren stated ‘When most people think of this “special work,” they think of pastors, priests, and professional clergy, but God says every member of his family is to minister. In the Bible, the words “servant” and “minister” are synonyms, as are service and ministry. If you are a Christian, you are a minister, and when you’re serving, you’re ministering. Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t just immediately take us to Heaven the moment we accept his grace? Why does he leave us in a fallen world? He leaves us here to fulfill his purposes. Once you are saved, God intends to use you for his goals. God has a ministry for you in his Church and a mission for you in the world.’
I use myself as an example when God called me into ministry He led me to understand that I am called to serve women to help them overcame painful situations, the ministry was to be a ministry for the deliverance of pain, for women to know their calling, self-worth in Christ and to allow God use them for His glory. All that makes us a woman is what this ministry highlights.
So as mentioned before if you are not sure about who you are called to serve and have prayed over it, wait patiently and position yourself for God to prepare and equip you for that. We are all gifted, and have specific functions to operate in, in the kingdom.
What you pass through is what God can use you for to teach others with the good news to help encourage them. Because it is what you pass through that you can relate to others with, as you have been there they too will know that there’s someone who can also relate to them and so it gives them hope. Many see their situations and always feel alone because they feel no one will ever understand and even shut God out thinking they are being punished. But the moment you step out and share a word the actions you show will surely bring them out of such state.
WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS CHECKLIST TO GO AND REFLECT ON IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT WHO YOURE CALLED TO SERVE:
- MEDITATE ON 1 PETER 4:10 – DO YOU KNOW THE GIFTS GOD HAS BLESSED YOU WITH TO IMPACT OTHERS?
- WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
- WHAT IS YOUR WEAKNESS?
- WHO DO YOU LOVE TO HELP FOR EXAMPLE (YOUTH, OLDER WOMEN, CHILDREN?)
- WRITE WHATS ON YOUR HEART AND ASK GOD TO SPEAK A SCRIPTURE FOR ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR GIFTS
- DO YOU HAVE OPPORTUNITIES AROUND YOU TO SERVE?: CHRISTIAN ORGANISATIONS? CHURCHES? EVANGELISING? YOUTH OR ADULT MINISTRY? CHILDREN MINISTRY? WORSHIP ARTS?
- HOW CAN YOU HELP SHOULD BE A QUESTION THAT CROSSES YOUR MIND, HOW CAN YOU HELP BUILD THE KINGDOM BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO DO “LET EVERY ONE OF US PLEASE HIS NEIGHBOUR FOR HIS GOOD TO EDIFICATION” ROMANS 15:2
- TASK: WHO WILL YOU SERVE THIS WEEK? ASK GOD TO BRING SOMEONE YOU SHOULD SERVE THIS WEEK, AND ASK HIM WHAT YOU SHOULD DO FOR THAT PERSON. THEN DO THAT.
Let me leave you with a piece I came across in my reading which relates a lot to what is being discussed in this post:
“But the Bible says everyone is called to serve God by serving others. We are not saved by serving, but we are saved for serving. The Apostle Paul gives three insights related to this:
First, the basis for serving others is salvation. Paul says, “You were called to be free.” You cannot serve God until you’ve been set free by Jesus. It’s the prerequisite for serving. Until you experience the transforming power of God’s grace in your life, you’re too enslaved by your own hurts, habits, and hang-ups to think much about others. Without the freedom of forgiveness, you’ll end up serving for the wrong reasons: trying to earn the approval of others, trying to run away from your pain, trying to remedy your guilt, trying to impress God. Service motivated by these illegitimate reasons is bound to leave you burned out and bitter in the end.
Second, the barrier to serving others is selfishness. Paul warns, “Do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature.” The No. 1 reason we don’t have the time or energy to serve others is that we’re preoccupied with our own agendas, dreams, and pleasures. Only a small minority of people use their lives to serve others, but Jesus said, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s the same shall save it.” Mark 8:35. Third, the motive for serving is love. Paul says, “Serve one another in love.” This is an important key to building community. God is far more interested in why you serve others than in how well you serve them. He’s always looking at your heart, serving willingly and eagerly out of love for Yeshua and gratitude for all he’s done for you.”
IN ALL THINGS PRAY GOD WILL SURELY BACK UP HIS WORD AND REVEAL TO YOU.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL