Your Irrevocable Gifts And Calling
Years ago, I thought I was cursed. My gifting was causing so much trouble in my life. The people around me had with good intentions told me I must have sin in my life for this to be happening to me. They had heard of no one like me.
The Irrevocable Gifts and Calling of God
So, in my immaturity I surmised I was cursed with a curse. I began to seek the Lord about taking it away. In response, the Holy Spirit taught me that he was the one that revealed things and even causes any gift to operate. So, it was a gift not a curse. God gave it and he would teach me to operate in it.
I know you may be saying, “How did you know it was the Holy Spirit talking to you?” Then he took me to Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
At that point in my life, I only knew who didn’t give it to me. I knew I didn’t come up with it. If I could have done it on my own, I would have sorted it out already, right? It wasn’t the devil, he would want me to stay confused and unable to operate in my gifting. Because with lack of understanding how can you receive and be successful? The well-meaning family of God around me didn’t explain it like that or send me to Scripture.
The other elephant in the room is ‘what gifting are you speaking about?” Yes, I deliberately chose not to mention what it is just yet. It doesn’t matter. For now, I want you to focus on Father God the gift giver. Remember, He gave us His only begotten son, Jesus. Why would he hold the good stuff back from us?
He’s Gifted And Called You
No matter where you are in the process of discovering your gifting and callings, you can know Father God doesn’t change his mind as man changes it. His gifts and His call are without repentance. He’s gifted and called you. But you have to answer and develop your gifting.
If you don’t know yet, start with what you feel the most excitement about. Even if it’s a little spark, a leading or prompting. Follow that and begin to volunteer in your church. Since, we’re talking to servant leaders and armorbearers this weekend you may be just stepping out. If so, I encourage you in your decision to get started. Many have received their call along the way.
While Serving Discover Your Calling
For example, my husband Varn received his call to preach, in just such a way. While volunteering in jail and prison ministry, God commissioned him to stay faithful with what he was doing (leading men to Jesus and praying for them to be filled with God’s Spirit) for six more months and He would promote him. He stayed faithful and God did what He said. He commissioned him to preach the Gospel and put His fire upon him.
As for me, the same thing happened for me. I started volunteering in our church’s green room. While faithfully serving, God showed me my gifting and callings. He opened a door of ministry through armorbearing and servant leadership. We all know what God opens, no man can shut.
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Enough about us. You can rise up now; you can move forward without hesitation. If you need to know what that gift and call is, He will show you. If you need understanding on how to operate in it, ask Him and he will give that to you, too.
Get Started Where He Leads
One other thing, for the longest I looked for a mentor, a teacher, someone to show me exactly how to operate smoothly, successfully. (Smile) I said smoothly because who likes to be embarrassed. I say now, that’s not a bad thing to seek a mentor or teacher. For we all need instruction from someone ahead of us or they’ve already traveled the road we’re on.
For me, the Holy Spirit said He wanted to teach me. It doesn’t mean I haven’t learned from other people. It just means, I’ve been very selective about who I listen to and receive from in my area of gifting. He’s been faithful to let me know who He sends. It’s good to have a mentor and teacher. But it’s also good for you to know for yourself from the God who gifts and calls.
I couldn’t end without saying this. For some of you, you’ve been serving for years and it hasn’t happened. No thunder bolts or lightning strikes have happened for you. In that case, remember Elijah. God didn’t speak to him in the storm or the earthquake. It was the still small voice that He spoke.
So, I encourage you to begin again, prayerful, listening for any promptings, leading from the Lord. Don’t despise a small beginning. Get started wherever He leads. Varn and I used to always say, just think if we had not obeyed the small voice that prompted us to start serving in our local church. We know we would not be doing what we are doing today in the Lord. If not already, get started serving, keep serving and your gifting and callings will be revealed.
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Earma Brown, 12 Book Christian Author, Founder of Helps Ministry School