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The Boundaries of an Individual’s calling

The Boundaries of an Individual's calling

Scripture: Ephesians 4:7

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Reflection

Even though there is only one God, our faith is diverse, and God provides for each person’s unique needs based on who they are and where they are. Put differently, God extends his grace individually. He is fully aware of our needs and how to satisfy them. Right now! I would like us to talk about seven biblical truths regarding the limitations of a person’s calling.

1. We have only a “measure” of a call.

People have a deep desire to create superhuman characters that are unfailing, error-free, and immortal.  Characters like Batman, Spider-Man, Demolition Man, Superman, James Bond, Rambo, and others are products of this inner desire that exists in all men.  However, being “called” does not make you become any of these extraordinary people.  Your calling is nothing more than God being gracious and forgiving to you.  You have limited calling aside from this. The Spirit has only been given to you in part. “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (Ephesians 4:7). 

You only receive a portion of the Spirit through your calling; you were not given access to several other portions.  This indicates that you are deficient in several other areas. Your ministry career will always be limited by your lack of other graces. You won’t succeed in some fields because you don’t have any other gifts.  God has set aside those areas of service for other people.  We must accept this as reality.  For this reason, a great number of men of God have incredibly low standards in some areas.  This explains why some outstanding men of God who possess miraculous ministry gifts falter in matters of governance and administration.  It is because of their meager spirituality. Despite their immense talent, ministers are compelled by this fact alone to maintain humility.  Observe how these verses stress that we are going to receive a part of it, not the entire thing.

Only Christ received the full measure of the Spirit. “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him” (John 3:34).  You and I have just a measure of the Spirit. John 1:16; Romans 12:3

2. Only Christ has the fullness of the call. Colossians 2:9

Since only Christ has the ultimate calling, you must look to Him if you want to see the fullness of the call.  It is crucial that we understand this truth.  You must hold Christ up as the best possible example of a prophet, teacher, evangelist, and shepherd.  You will rise far higher than you would have if you looked at Christ all the time.  Regretfully, a lot of us believe that men who we respect as mentors are the finest examples of ministry.

3. You must not look to any man as the ultimate minister. 

The good shepherd, Jesus Christ, is the ideal pastor.  Jesus Christ is the ultimate instructor.  God himself was the ultimate evangelist, coming to seek and to save the lost. Jesus was the ultimate prophet whose words have always been true. Jesus, the world’s Savior, was sent by God and was the ultimate apostle. 

4. You must recognize the limitations of people you look up to without despising them. 

Even though you acknowledge that people have limitations, you shouldn’t belittle them because of them. It’s crucial to avoid idolizing people while also trying not to hate them.  Men of God are hated and criticized by most people because they perceive the ungifted, unpolished parts of these men. Yes, it is very simple to hate a man of God.  He appears unbeatable in one situation but nearly insane in another. Learn to acknowledge God’s grace.  Observing the frailty of a called person ought to increase your gratitude for God’s grace. “Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; for why he should be esteemed?” (Isaiah 2:22, NASB).

5. You must recognize your own limitations in ministry. 

Unfortunately, recognizing your own limitations can be extremely difficult.  People rarely accept that they cannot do certain things.  People rarely accept criticisms about their person or their ability. This is proved by Proverbs 21:2: “Every man’s way is right in his own eyes…” (NASB).

6. You must be humble because you do not have it all. 

It’s amazing to see someone who is so intelligent in one area and nearly stupid in another.  Christ is the only one who is anointed without measure and who doesn’t require assistance from anybody. We are all in possession of a measure and lack completeness.  This implies that we are incomplete without others.  It also forces us to connect with people we might not have liked otherwise.  This is a part of the amazing plan God has for us to become the meek children that we need to be.

7. Your limitations in ministry are overcome by recognizing the contribution of others to your life. 

There will be others who are more knowledgeable in particular ministry-related fields.  To be able to receive God’s blessings, you must humble yourself. Both pastors of larger churches and pastors of smaller churches can impart knowledge. God is a real power, and He will send people to assist you in becoming the person you need to be. Up until you fulfill the purpose for which God has created you, every joint will provide something. “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which EVERY JOINT SUPPLIETH, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:16). Every joint is supplying something that you need for your life and ministry.

Prayer:

Dear Lord! Please, help us to recognize the limitations of our individual callings. May we recognize the grace and gifts of people you have placed ahead of us and not despise them or their gifts and calling, so help us Lord, amen.

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REF: BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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