Prophetic Tidbits


Calling Versus Being Commissioned

Many believers confuse their calling as the same as that of being commissioned. This has led to much confusion, error, misunderstanding, disappointment and frustration in the body of Christ.

Between the time that one is called and one is commissioned, often takes years, even decades. The greater the call the longer the preparation process that is required before one is promoted. For example:

  David, as a young lad was tending his father’s sheep when the prophet Samuel came and anointed him King over Israel (1 Samuel 16:13). At this time it is written that the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. What did David do? Assume that he was King and challenged Saul for the throne? No! He returned to the hills to tend sheep. His heart was not for fame or for recognition, but to simply to be with God and worship.

   David was thirty years old when he became King over Israel. As we know from the Biblical accounts, David went through many turbulent years while fleeing in the wilderness from King Saul who sought to take his life. One would think this is not really befitting for someone anointed by a major prophet to be King of Israel. And yet, it is precisely his trials that prepared David to rule on the throne.

Please note: that being anointed by someone, or receiving a prophetic word doesn’t mean that you have been commissioned by the Lord to function in that office or ministry. One must not only be called, but also recognized by the people. If you have no followers you really are not leading.

Look at the life of Joseph. As a youth he received two dreams indicating he would become a ruler, which were fulfilled many years later. First, he was betrayal by his brothers and sold as a slave into Egypt. Serving in Potaphers house, his wife accused him of attempted rape and was cast into prison. It was this process that Joseph went through that prepared him for the promotion from a convict in prison to rule as the prince of Egypt.

Many love to receive a spiritual impartation, a fresh anointing, prophecy as well as a spiritual blessing, but few are willing to go through the process that prepares them for the promotion. Jesus said, “Many are called but few are chosen” (Mathew 22:14). The ones chosen are those who have answered the call. They have the willingness, focus and discipline to go through the process that leads to their commissioning.

God resist the proud but gives grace to the humble. There is nothing more to be desired than the cloak of humility, which clothes us in God’s presence. As we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of the Lord, exalting Him, He will exalt you in due season (See 1 Peter 5:5-7).

How do you fulfill your call? Like Elisha with Elijah, find a spiritual mentor and attached yourself to them as one who desires to learn from them. I love the teachings of Bill Johnson. Even though I am not personally being mentored by him, I am still a student being mentored by his teachings, gleaning from his wisdom and understanding as well as by his example of humility and one who Fathers others with excellent.

Like Jesus when He walked this earth Who took on the form of a servant, we should walk in humility and allow the Holy Spirit to take you through the process. Develop your walk with Jesus and discipline yourself for the journey. You can grow by attending conferences, attend webinars and obtain the resources that pertain to your passion that God has given to you for the work of ministry. Use your gifts by serving others.

  But especially, seek to develop a close loving relationship with Jesus. Be so focused on Him that you loose all sight of yourself. Relationship is at the heart of the Father who desires for His people to be in a caring, loving relationship with Him and His family. It is not the end results that is our main goal, but to be rooted and ground in Christ and His love.

  God is more concerned with our interaction with Him than the fulfillment of our call. God is not interested in our performance in the attempt to do good things for Him, but our walk doing all things with Him. Your call is established and is sure as you walk daily with Jesus abiding in His great love.

As always, rise and shine for your light has come, and His glory has risen upon you (Isaiah 60:1).

In His heart and love – Roy Roden