Calling with Appointment
When we consider the lives of many people in the Bible, they would never have met the minimum criteria going by human Standards. Fortunately, God‘s standards are not world standards.
But God chose the foolish things of this world and the despised things and the things that are not to nullify the things that are
1 Corinthians 1:27 (NIV)
He chose Paul, the man who persecuted Christians for their faith (Acts 9:3); chose Esther, a Jewish orphan, who had come from Jerusalem as a captive with her cousin Mordecai (Esther 2:7); and used Daniel, Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego, also Jewish captives (Daniel 1: 3-6). He used Moses a Jewish slave saved by Pharaoh‘s daughter from drowning on River Nile; Haman‘s slave girl, to tell him of a God that heals leprosy (2 Kings 5:2); and used Balaam‘s donkey, who saw the Angel of the Lord and spoke to him (Numbers 22:22-28)
God saved you for a purpose. You are a tool in God‘s hands. Ron Kennoly sang if He can use anything He can use you. Regardless of your knowledge, skills, abilities, family background or social status, God can use you. The enemy will always try to discourage you by reminding you of your past, background or social status. From the examples above, we see that God used the despised and neglected nobodies to make a statement.
1 Corinthian 1: 26
Brothers think about where you were when you were called, not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were influential, not many were of noble birth.
You know what sort of persons you were when God called you out of darkness. You know that He did not accept you as His child because you were brilliant or wealthy or intelligent or powerful. If anything, I believe that these things would be stumbling blocks and a hindrance, because they would always be a tendency to fall back to the natural rather than relying fully on God. If more of them had been wise, mighty, or noble, it is likely that fewer of them would have been saved and this probably explains why the Pharisees struggled with the faith. So what does God look for? The Heart; Availability; Obedience
God‘s wisdom is a kind of paradox. In human thinking, strength is strength, weakness is weakness, and intelligence is intelligence. But in God‘s economy some of the seemingly strongest things are the weakest, some of the seemingly weakest things are the strongest, and some of the seemingly wisest things are the most foolish. The fact that you have been called does not mean that you will not have trouble getting to your appointment. God gave the children of Israel the promised land but they had go in and contend with the natives of that land, the Amalekites, Hittites, Jebusites, sons of Anack etc and all the other ―tites. There will be people who the devil will send to contend with your calling. They will fight you, distract you and even try to kill you. And that is why you will stay focused, keep your eye on the price and run the race with diligence.
Every anointed person has a Herod, Goliath and a Saul who has been anointed ( or as one of my friends would say ―denointed) to come after you. The stronger the anointing, the greater the opposition and the bigger the Devils you will have to contend with. The experiences you go through in your journey to your appointment is a pointer to your calling. David was anointed King of Israel at the age of 17, long before his anointing and subsequent appointment, he worked as a shepherd of his father‘s sheep. During this time, he fought the lion and the bear. And that is why, when he appeared before King Saul as he went to fight Goliath, he quoted his credentials. Soon after slaying Goliath, Saul discovered him and started chasing after him.
God revealed to Joseph in a dream that one day he was going to rule over his older brothers. He said to his brothers, ―Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it. As a result, his brothers hated him and tried to kill him, though they instead sold him off as a slave. Little did they know that their actions were only serving to facilitate the dream. When Joseph ended up in prison for a crime he never committed, no one would have guessed that this same man would one day be the prime minister of Egypt.
Joseph talked too much too soon to the wrong people. However, this did not stop the dream from being fulfilled, it just took a little longer. I declare that the suffering you‘re going through will only serve to fulfill God‘s plan for you, thank God for your current suffering, it only confirms the calling upon your life. Every person who has ever been great has had to pay a price. Peter Daniels a renown Australian minister had a dream of changing the world in his life time. But by the age of 25 he couldn’t read or write. But God chose him, and he rose from a brick layer to one of the greatest ministers and motivational speakers of the present day. He asked himself the question ―what makes the great great? And the answer is having a sense of destiny. A sense of a higher purpose beyond yourself. A sense of destiny will keep you going. You may want to consider the experiences you have gone through and what they are telling you about your calling. ―Look for the signs of your calling and ignore the cost.