They Might Not Be Called For What You Want of Them

There is no man that is sent to everyone. It is God who determines the calling of His servants, not the people. They did not get into the ministry because you voted them in.

The beginning of the crisis in Saul’s life was because he responded to the pressure mounted upon him by the people in the time of war. 

He offered sacrifice, because the people were leaving him; whereas that was the prerogative of the priest. He finished with his costly mistake when the one called to offer sacrifice arrived. God judged him for that. The kingdom will not continue in his house again. 

The problems in Nigeria today have caused people to define their role expectation of prominent Christian voices. Even those who should know better have joined the call to these personages to do what God might not have called them for. 

If they respond to the popular call, they might end up disappointing Him who called him or worse still, loose their place if they don’t loose their lives. 

Every ministry calling is an honour from God and each calling has it bounds. When a man listens to those who did not call him to do what they want, He may not be preparing to meet His maker, unto whom He will definitely render his account. 

Christians ministers are not called into their role by the people. Some will never express political opinion because they respect their bounds. 

You may be angry with Him, but you will not answer for him on that day. 

It is not everyone that has business with what you want of them. 


Prioritising Between Doing and Teaching

“The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and to teach until the day in which he was taken up ….” – Acts 1.1

It is time as Christians we began to understand the reality of our calling, that the Christian faith is not evidenced by the abundance of words we speak and in the concepts we generate but in our life actions. Possibly, one of the reasons why spiritual formation is on a downward trend today is because we have not extolled the virtue of right living.

Luke, in his account (Acts 1.1) succinctly and declaratively acquainted us with the life of Christ. He asserted that Christ was first a doer and then a teacher. This shows us the reason for his great exploits in influencing people for God. He demonstrated by the life he lived the things he taught.

For example, it took his exemplary prayer life for his disciples to demand of him to teach them to pray (Luk. 11.1). So if a man that is not prayerful is teaching prayer to the people, he will go as far as giving them academic knowledge.

Christ was able to turn the hearts of men to God, simply because of the way he, himself, was committed to the father.

I remember a denominational preacher I once knew about. He was reputed to have always told the congregation he pastored to do what he was saying and not what he was doing. He did that to prevent many of them from becoming cultists like him, but you see, he could not be effective in establishing the realities of our spiritual walk with God in their lives.

Our Christian witnessing would soon move to another level when we understand that God expects us to live the new life than to generate concepts. We must be the ones to first experience the things we know according to Paul: “The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops”

Peter also made us to know that the Lord should be honoured in our hearts always: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness of fear, having a good conscience ….” The place of the heart, from where flow the forces of life, comes before explanations.

Our light shall shine and our good works would be seen by men, from our Jerusalem to the extremity of the world, when we focus much more on living the new life than talking about it.

Both are important, but there is a priority.