SATURDAY May 4, 2019
Are You God’s Choice?
Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house at Gibeah of Saul. And Samuel went no more to see Saul until the day of his death. Nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul, and the Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.
1 Samuel 15:34-35
Saul had been rejected by the Lord as King of Israel because of his disobedience. God’s Spirit had departed from him. From the very beginning Saul was man’s choice, not God’s choice. It is possible for you to become the people’s, the elder’s or the pastor’s choice for a position given to you, but are you really God’s choice? Are you called by God? There has to be an “anointing on the forehead,” the anointing of God’s Holy Spirit to enable you for the task.
The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy, a young minister in the Church: Do not lay hands on anyone hastily…(1Timothy 5:22). Why? It was possible for him to make a mistake and lay hands on someone who will later become a problem in the ministry. Before a person is anointed and prayed over for the work of the ministry, there has to be evidence of the Holy Spirit’s anointing working in their life.
What are the criteria for someone to serve in ministry? In Acts 6:1 there was a need to find men to take care of the widows who were being neglected in the daily distribution. The Apostles decided:
“It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business…” (Acts 6:2-3).
If you desire to be involved in ministry your life needs to have these important qualities. When God opens doors of opportunity for ministry, you will accomplish His will through the anointing of His Holy Spirit.
To be filled with the Spirit is to have the Spirit fulfilling in us all that God intended him to do when he placed him there.
~Lewis Sperry Chafer~
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