Who truly is called?

That is a serious question. Many Christians never step out and do any miraculous works because somewhere down the line they were convinced that they were not called. I hope to settle this question once and for all. Who truly is called?

Quite simply, if you are reading this article, you are called. One of the greatest revelations I have had since becoming a Christian is that the kingdom of God is like a professional football team holding open try-outs.  They put an ad out in the local newspaper, on the radio station, and even a TV ad on ESPN. They announce that anyone who wants to play for us, show up at Lincoln Financial Field,  this Saturday at 1:00 pm for a two week try out. The coach even states that even if you cannot play, but would like to play, we will teach you everything you need to know, just show up on Saturday. The potential reach from the advertising is approximately 18 million young men that could play for the team. Of that number, 652 people show up on Saturday. On the first day, the coach explains that all 652 people have the physical ability to make the team, however, each player must follow the specific training instructions to actually make it. Half of the men quit after the first day because it is too hot outside.  Day after day, one by one, people quit the team for various reasons, until at the end of the two weeks, the roster was down to just 81 players. 18 Million men could have made the team, but only 81 will actually be playing for the team.

The Kingdom of God is the same way. There are 3 different stages or levels to the Christian life. Many are called, but the chosen are few. Millions of people are called to do the amazing, miraculous works of Jesus. There is an open invitation to all. God is no respecter of persons. The people who are chosen are simply the ones who show up. After that, the ones who go onto perfection are the ones who are faithful to that calling, seeking His face with all their heart every day.

This might be too simple for most to grasp, but this is what Jesus was trying to explain to James and John’s mother in Matthew 20 when she asked if they could sit at the right hand and the left hand of Jesus. He replied that it is not up to him to give, but to those who it is prepared of by the Father.  In other words, how great or how small you become in the kingdom is not really up to Jesus, it’s up to what cost you are willing to pay; and only the Father knows beforehand where you will actually end up. Will you be a general in the kingdom, leading multitudes from various nations to Christ, or will you backslide and totally renounce Him? That is up to you.

The church has it backwards. In most churches, the Pastor is the superstar—praying for the sick, leading people to Christ, etc., and the members just watch Sunday after Sunday and never really do anything.  According to Ephesians 4:11, the five offices of church leadership are: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Their role is to equip the body of Christ (church members) to do the work of the ministry. The church leadership should serve more along the lines of coaches, and the members should be doing the work of laying hands on the sick, reaching the lost, casting out demons, etc. Mike Brown (coach of the Los Angeles Lakers), is not supposed to be on the court making all the shots, getting rebounds, and blocking shots.  Its just not his role.

I think most Christians are not doing the works, because they truly do not understand how powerful they really are. According to 2 Corinthians 1:21, you have been anointed by God. You are just as much anointed as the most ‘powerful’ Pastor you see on TV, or any other believer in the world, even as anointed as Jesus. Hopefully you did not choke on that statement, but the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. He does the works through you.

An analogy of this can be illustrated in the Old Testament.  In the days of Moses, the children of Israel did not really have to do anything. Moses would go hear from God, wave his staff and BOOM… the people would get delivered. He was like Superman, and everyone else was just mere men, having no clue what was going on. He knew God’s ways, and they only saw God’s acts. Ultimately, this got them nowhere. He was frustrated because they would complain all the time, they were lost in the wilderness, and never made it into the promised land.

Later Joshua comes along with a different style of management. He had the same instructions as Moses, yet he had totally different results.  With Joshua it was understood that if they are going to claim victory and take this promised land, they are going to have to win as a team. Everyone must fight.

In the same way, the great and mighty men of God of the 19th and 20th century did many amazing things in the Spirit. Tongues were re-introduced on a grand scale. Healing meetings where thousands were healed in tent revival meetings took place. Yet the church as a whole is not in any better shape today than it was 100 years ago.  Why is this?

In the 1900s those mighty men of God could be like Moses and perform miracles without the assistance of the members in the pews. However, if we are to see the mass worldwide revival , we must be like Joshua and understand that this move of God only takes place when we ALL get involved.  Take a stand today to be bold in faith and do the works of Jesus.

Here is one last example of what it is going to take to spark mass revival. Remember the story in Matt 14, when Peter sees Jesus on the water and decides to walk out to Him? Just imagine if the other disciples in the boat got stirred up and decided to get out too, and all the disciples were stepping out and running on the water! Now imagine what kind of effect that would have on the people on the shore, as these men are running out to them from the sea, without a boat! Would they have to do much explaining of the kingdom of God? No, because they just demonstrated it.

Troy Anthony Smith is a successful entrepreneur and the founder of Demonstrate It, an organization that believes in healings, signs, and wonders. Mr. Smith currently resides in Hollywood,CA, where he can be found at the grocery stores, malls, and street corners, laying hands on the sick, casting out demons, and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God.

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One Response to “Who truly is called?”

  1. just because u was call don’t mean u was choosen. god sheep will hear his voice a stranger they will not follower. you don’t follower up behind everyone that say jesus sent me. if you have god spirit you will know if god sent them r not. the devil will come in sheep’s clothing. saying god sent them. you will iknow them by their spirit.

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