Summary: The Call of God is the greatest thing in this world.
Eph 4 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
The absolute greatest vocation in the world is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. To be anointed by God, to do so, is an honor above all honors.
One of the greatest frustrations in the world is to be anointed by God to preach, but deselected by man because of their lack of respect due to your ungodly or unwise choices.
There is a contingency of those who struggle to connect to God and walk spiritually, to devalue the call and the anointing of God.
Some want to simplify what the minister does and make it as common as all other vocations.
They fail to realize the deep, wide and eternal impact that spiritual and unspiritual ministry has on the church.
We live in an problematic, unstable and evil time. Ministers we must make up our minds that we will not be embarrassed by the spiritual.
We must not shy away from tongue talking and the gifts of the spirit.
We must not allow contempt for passionate praise, prayer, and service enter into our hearts.
The world has drifted so far away from the things of God, and are so far left on the spectrum of Holy spirituality, they will think that a spiritual minister is peculiar.
We are in trouble when pentecostal preachers look at spiritual preachers as weird peculiar AND coo coo for co co puffs.
Understand that the ministers job is to lead the spirit of men, women, boys, and girls into relationship with the God who is Spirit. It cannot be done unless we are spiritually minded.
Zechariah 4:6 – “It’s not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord.” We must minister in the power of God - under this "anointing" of the Holy Spirit. But let me ask you, what is "the anointing". We talk about it all the time. We desire it. We pray for it. But what is it exactly?
It as a "setting apart". When God anoints something He sets it apart - it’s "holy" - separated for His use.
When a new king was anointed in Israel the prophet would take a horn full of oil and pour it over his head, and it would run right down his clothes. They would do the same thing when there was a new High Priest. The symbolism was that this person was "set apart" - to be God’s man; God’s instrument.
It started at the head-think differently
Eyes –see differently
Feet-guided by the Holy Ghost
When we say someone "preached under a real anointing", or "that was an anointed song", or "an anointed moment" - it means it was set apart. God had His hand on the preacher or the song or the place and was moving.
Matt 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
We are not to be dominated by the trends of our culture, we are not to be swept away by emotionalism, we are not to be ruled by our appetites and passions, or even our needs. Jesus and the ministry he has called us to wants to be 1st.
Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Eph 4 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
1 thess 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
eph 15:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
john 5: 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
1Ti 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;