Christians commit two errors on the subject of the calling. The first error is when churches or pastors ask men to perform above their call or rate men above their call. This can lead to frustration, damage and exposure to the devil’s attack. The second error is when churches and members are operating lower than their call. I will like to show you some REASONS CHRISTIANS OPERATE LESS THAN THEIR CALLING:
1. THE BELIEVER EXPOSED TO LITTLE OR NO TEACHING ON THE CALL OF GOD: Most people assume that it is only the clergy, the ministers who stand before them in church, that have a call and that they don’t have a call. They assume that they are just members of the body of Christ. That is not correct. Every member of the body of Christ is a member of the body of Christ by function and that function is a product of the calling. Look at Jeremiah 1: 4-5, “Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Just put your name in the place of Jeremiah and the same is true of you. It does not matter who you are, whether you are born-again or not, God has a call on your life. Some people are in hell today and others will still go to hell that will not be judged as ordinary sinners but will be judged as called people based on their calling. We shall be judged based on our calling, not just based on our humanity.
2. THE DEVIL: This is the second reason most people operate less than their calling. You are not a threat to the devil in your salvation; you are a threat to the devil in your calling. Your calling is the part of you that carries an anointing and it is the anointing that destroys the yoke, the kingdom of the devil and his activities. Satan will throw everything in your way either to keep you from your call or pervert your call. If he cannot do either of that, he will try to eject you from the call by fighting you.
3. COMPARISON AND COMPETITION: Look at 1 Corinthians 12: 14-15, “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?” Each part needs different gifts to function in different roles. The foot has a different assignment from the hand, but if it is comparing itself and competing with the hand, it won’t do its job. This is another reason why people perform less than their call, they compare themselves with others. If you are competing with somebody, you won’t ever do your job, but you will be running that person’s race.
4. LAZINESS AND COMPLACENCY: One thing that you will see in the Bible is that God is a hard worker. There is nobody that works more than God. The Bible does not have a nice view of laziness. God does not condone laziness neither does He finance nor subsidize it. Work is part of the plan of God for us so that we can maximize our destinies. Destiny must not remain in the realm of a vision or a dream, but it must become your life’s work done with the best of yourself, your youth, energy, skill, talent, time and resources.
You must do everything possible to discover your call on time, and run its full course before you leave this earth.
Rev. Olusola A. Areogun.