We are the church.
Everyone is called.
Everyone has an assignment.
Telling people that your own assignment is to reach the world, but their own assignment is to give you their money, work like slaves for your organization, use their skill-sets to make you successful, is not only deceitful, it is unscriptural, wicked and a big lie. Continue reading
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We are the church.
A white American was called to preach the gospel in Africa at 18. He delayed because he said he was not married. When he got married, he said he wanted to have children so he procrastinated again. He was now in his 30’s, he delayed and said he needed money to preach the gospel. He spent the next 30 years building a big business. He was giving money to the gospel but God whispered to him that he had not obeyed his calling. It was in his 60’s that he came to Nigeria but by then he had zero energy to preach the gospel and the time he should have preached had long passed and gone.
He had money but had failed in his assignment. Continue reading
Several years ago Pastor Rod Parsley shared an interesting story in his book. He was invited by a member of his congregation to dinner. This man was into a number of businesses and was quite successful financially. During dinner Rod Parsley noticed that the man was crying and asked what the problem was. This business man then in his 60’s, confessed that when he was younger the Lord had called him into a pastoral ministry. He had delayed and told himself that first he would pursue business and later pursue his calling. It was a mistake. Decades after that decision he was still in business, had made a lot of money but didn’t have time to pursue that calling. The man wept bitterly because he was old and didn’t have the energy he had in his youth to pursue his calling. This story made me realise that even when you are out of God’s will you can still make money. Before then I thought only believers who were serving The Lord in truth made money. But I discovered that contrary to what many preachers taught, having money in itself isn’t a sign of faithfulness to your calling neither is it a mark of spirituality.
Sadly this man’s story is not unique to him. Recently I had a conversation with a business man and I brought up the issue of his calling in life. This brother told me that he wasn’t a business person as such but he wanted to be financially independent before pursuing his calling. He admitted that he liked sharing the gospel with people but he had some bad experiences with some pastors in the past so he decided to raise his own money and use it to preach the gospel the way he wanted and how he wanted.
It all sounded spiritual but this man was in error and didn’t realise it. Was it The Lord who told him to ‘raise money for ministry’ or was it his arrogance deceiving him? There is not one single man or woman who was used by The Lord who was told to “go and raise money first, then start the ministry later.” There is no such person alive. When The Lord calls us to service, He wants us to depend entirely on him and not on our own abilities or resources to accomplish the task ahead. Continue reading