Brothers and Sisters, does God care what your Title is? Unless it deals directly with God’s Holy Calling, God’s Holy Purpose, it matters not. There are many among you that have Called themselves “Apostle”, “Prophet”, “Evangelist”, “Pastor” and “Teacher”…they are not! These are Offices that can only be given by Jesus and Him alone. No Man or Satan can give these positions, but for every Godly Thing, there is an Opposite, a False Calling. These Positions you cannot gain in Any School, but the School could help in your Calling.
“7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 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: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”
These Titles do Matter to Jesus, these Offices were to be until His Return. This message is not on The Offices alone but there are other Callings, other Titles that are of concern with Our Lord Jesus.
We, my Brothers and Sisters, need to Understand that not everyone is Called, not everyone is Chosen into an Office as well as Other Titles given.
“4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”
“29 [Are] all apostles? [are] all prophets? [are] all teachers? [are] all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?”
1 Corinthians 12:29-30
Brothers and Sisters we need to have this Understanding that the Gifts and Callings are By God, For God, to His Glory and not the glory of man.
“6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, [let us wait] on [our] ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, [let him do it] with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”
“27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”
1 Corinthians 12:27-28
As we see in these Scriptures that the Body Of Christ are Particular Members, meaning we stand out against the Worldly Standards and should Walk and Strive in Pleasing God. But in these verses we need to see the word “Some”, meaning that not everybody has one of these Gifts, these Callings. But in these, the Titles do matter to God, to Jesus.
These list of Offices and Callings are Valid Today, but few there are who Walk In Them. There are many who would Not Accept the Office of Apostle, saying there were only twelve, to those they do not know how to count! There were more than twelve. But what Man and Satan has done was Change the Offices and Callings to THEIR LIKING, to THEIR OWN TITLES not Honoring Jesus, nor the Holy Spirit in doing so.
I was told when I was a young man, “Oh don’t be Holy in Speaking, people will reject it”, this was a Lie straight from Satan not wanting the Holiness Of God being brought forth to a Dying Church.
These Callings in this verse above do matter to Jesus, but, where are the True Apostles, where are the True Teachers, where are the Miracles, where are the Healings, where are those who Labor, where is The Church Government, where are those who Speak In Tongues, where are the True Prophets?
Too many of you have Explained Away most of these Callings, saying they were of a time past and not for today. There is No Scripture that says that these Gifts, these Callings will only last for a period of time and are not needed any more.
Now to those who would use these Scriptures…
“8 Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”
1 Corinthians 13:8-10
This Scripture is an Indication of our time; it does not say they are not needed, but that they will Vanish Away. In other words they will be Faded Away, not by God, but by Man and Satan. The Focus of this Scripture is that Love no matter what, will Never Fail even if all of things do.
Jesus never said that the Gifts, the Callings, the Chosen would ever stop before He came to receive us. These Gifts, Callings and the Chosen serve a very important part as a Church. First a True Gift, a Truely Called will always put Jesus First in their Gift, Calling, Chosen to bring Him Glory, Honor and Praise. Another purpose is to Bind The Body Of Jesus Together AS ONE. Lastly to bear Witness Who Jesus Is, which is first above all!
Now, does it matter The Title…Yes it does to Jesus. If Jesus told you, not man, that you were an Apostle, then why call yourself a “Church Planner” or “Missionary” or “Overseer” or whatever the “Title” might be…ARE YOU BETTER THAN JESUS or EMBARRASSED TO SAY WHAT JESUS HAS SAID, conforming to “The World”!
When I was first Called an Apostle, Jesus told me not to tell anybody at first, if wasn’t that He was Embarrassed or that He choose a Different Title for me to be called by, but it was for the sake of those whom I was to minister to, THEY would not have accepted the Calling of an Apostle. But, there was a time when Jesus said to Speak What HE HAS CALLED ME. Jesus didn’t say, well you’ll be a “Church Planter” or “Missionary” or whatever, my Calling has not changed, will not change and will be that when I see Jesus Face-to-Face.
So then, if Jesus has Called you, has Chosen you to Speak In Tongues, then do so fallowing the rules there of. If Jesus has Called you, Chosen you to Heal People, then do so, if Jesus has Called you, Chosen you to be a Teacher, then be worthy of such a Calling. As well with All Of The Gifts, Offices do so with the utmost Boldness and Diligence!!!
Now a very important thing, Not Everybody has a Gift or a Calling. Those who say that everybody has a Gift or a Calling has lied against Scripture.
“But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”
1 Corinthians 12:31
Let me explain the Lie which has caused issues within the Church. There are those who Burden the sheep to do things that they have never been commissioned to do by Jesus. There are those who have been “Encouraged” to go “knock on doors”, or to “be an Usher” or “teach Sunday School”, you have been Tricked, made to feel Guilty if you did not do one of these tasks. One of the problems is those who Have Been Called are not doing what they have been Called to do, but instead they find others to do the task in their place or there is a Need in The Church but instead of Praying for Jesus to send the Right Person With The Calling, they insert their authority making a choice of their own for a group of people.
Many of you are to just Live Your Lives Godly, saying this, you Read God’s Holy Word, you Pray Continuously, you Speak Of Your Faith In Jesus to others, you Walk A Godly Life! That’s It!!! Nothing more or less and that in itself is worth more to Jesus than those who do false things. To these, there are No Titles, No Calling.
But, there are those who are Called, who are Chosen by Jesus to do Work that are not doing it. Jesus has Called you to be an Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher and because of Man and Satan you have chosen not to Walk in such a manner. There are those who Jesus has Called, Chosen to be Financial Givers who are not, but allow the Flesh to dictate your spending. There are those who Jesus has Called, has Chosen to Help in The Church in any way, any fashion who have found other things to abide your time. These and many, many other Callings that Jesus Has Titled for Some To Do, yet who do not for one reason or another…what Excuse will there be when you Face Jesus?
Those who are Called, Chosen, there is a Compelling by The Holy Spirit that cannot be denied. Speaking of myself, there is a Compelling to Do and Say by The Holy Spirit that I cannot Deny, it is Overwhelming at times. My Calling is to The Church more so then to the Lost, I am a Sower, not a Reaper. I KNOW my place in this World and cannot deny it. For me, if Jesus tells me to Go, then I must Go, or walk in Disobedience, if Jesus tells me to Speak, then I must Speak, or walk in Disobedience. The Leading of The Holy Spirit is Compelling In MY CALLING and I Follow whether I want to at times or not. Sometimes it is very weary in doing what is needed, but I AM COMPELLED TO DO SO. This same course is to All those who have been Called, Chosen. Is there a Title to those who have been Called, yes, but that is Jesus’ Choice, not yours, not mans and not Satan’s.
The Title that Jesus gives you, should carry Honor, Respect among the Brothers and Sisters. What is meant, is that you Walk In Your Calling with No Pride, No Arrogance, being Humble, but should be Recognized by The Church as such that it is one Who Is Called.
Brothers and Sisters rise up in the things of Jesus, Walking In Obedience, not turning to the Right or Left but keeping your eyes on Jesus, His Calling, His Choice and not the chaos that surrounds you.
“For the gifts and calling of God [are] without repentance.”
Amen and Amen!!!
Be Blessed in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior!!!
Amen and Amen!!!