MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN
By Pastor John Sigudla
- The calling of god has been extended to all the people on earth. We are called from utter darkness to the marvelous light of the Almighty God.
- We called to be obedient to our creator.
- We are called to be the light of the world.
- We are called to be the salt of the world.
- We are called to represent God wherever we go and are working.
- We are called to be the ambassadors of Christ in our communities.
- We are called to take care of our neighbours through our God given lives.
- BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN.
- This is an extra-mile of God’s choice in the life of a person.
- Here we see people who leaves everything and serve God full time in their ministries that God has called them to do.
- Here we find full time workers for God such as pastors, evangelist, prophets, apostles and Teachers of the Word.
- This is the most difficult task to be in the hand of God full time. Not all are called and chosen in this category. Hence the lesson here below.
- Others are calling themselves in this very difficult God’s work, and I called them SAP’s Self-Appointed Pastors, Self-Appointed Prophets, Self-Appointed Priests, while others are Self Appointed Bishops, SAB.
- TWO MESSENGERS WHO TOOK THE MESSAGE TO DAVID AFTER THE DEATH OF ABSALOM.
One was Chosen and the other called himself.
2 SAMUEL 18:19-35
19Then Zadok’s son Ahimaaz said, “Let me run to the king with the good news that the LORD has saved him from his enemy Absalom.” 20“No,” Joab told him, “It wouldn’t be good news to the king that his son is dead. You can be my messenger some other time, but not today.” Sam 18: 19-20
THE APPLICATION OF THIS STORY
- Ahimaaz self-appointed messenger
- Ahimaaz was not called, he called himself. Verse 19.
- Ahimaaz was stopped from his calling to take the so called Good news to David. Verse 2.
- He was not thrown away that he cannot be a messenger, but he was told that not now. Verse 20.
- He ignored the secret and power of waiting or patience. He wanted to serve during his own time and not the appointed time according to the divine appointment.
- One man was called by God and he said to God “Not now, I am still busy working and later on I will respond. He indeed responded and bought a big tent and instruments and went out preaching and nothing happened. Then he asked God why nothing is happening and God said to him “You responded at your own time and not at God’s appointed time.”
- THE MAN FROM CUSH [ETHIOPIA] DIVINELY APPOINTED MESSENGER.
21Then Joab said to a man from Cush, “Go tell the king what you have seen.” The man bowed and ran off. 22But Ahimaaz continued to plead with Joab, “Whatever happens, please let me go, too.” “Why should you go, my son?” Joab replied. “There will be no reward for you.” 23“Yes, but let me go anyway,” he begged. Joab finally said, “All right, go ahead.” Then Ahimaaz took a shortcut across the plain of the Jordan and got to Mahanaim ahead of the man from Cush. 2 Samuel 20: 21-24
- When the man from Cush was sent he responded immediately. Verse 21
- This man had no name, he was called the man from Cush. Cush stands for Africa. He was a man from Africa, who took the message to David the King and not a man from Israel Ahimaaz.
- God has his own way of doing things beyond our own understanding.
- The man from Cush bowed down and ran off. Verse 21. We need to run when God calls us and sent us out to serve him. We don’t have to drag our legs when God sent us, but we need to run, criminals are running, bad people of all types are running in order to fulfil their bad intentions, witches are not even running, they are flying using any means of airplanes to fulfil their darkness assignment given to them.
- The man from Cush ran with the clear message, that Absalom is dead.
- Ahimaaz insisted that he wanted to go too, verse 22.
- Ahimaaz was told that there was no reward for him to go there. Verse 22.
- Ahimaaz admitted that there was no reward for him but still he wanted to go. Verse 23.
- Ahimaaz was eventually allowed to go on his own accord and not as supposed to be. Verse 23.
- Ahimaaz since he know that the man of Cush was almost half way, he took a short cut to the place where the message was supposed to be taken.
- Let us by all means avoid serving God through short cuts.
- Ministries started yesterday and they took short cuts and they seem to be flourishing and you go there.
- The work of the Lord need patience and process.
- God is interested in our character building rather than our eloquence, talent and gifting. They are all needed but the godly character is what is needed.
- Because of the short cut he took, he arrived first and started giving the message that was not clear. Verse
29“What about young Absalom?” the king demanded. “Is he all right?” Ahimaaz replied, “When Joab told me to come, there was a lot of commotion. But I didn’t know what was happening.” 30“Wait here,” the king told him.
Ask God to call you to serve him by serving your pastor through prayer and many other ways that I cannot specify, only the Holy Spirit can specify those tasks for you.
- The Holy Spirit has already given you the way you need to be supportive to the work of the Lord in your local church.
- The Holy Spirit is not quite about what we are supposed to be doing for him in a local church.
- Ministry amongst the elderly is a very serious ministry for the elderly to die in the Lord.
- Ministry amongst the youth is a very important ministry and in big churches in South Africa and Europe, they have full time pastors in this position.
- Ministry amongst our children is very important as I saw yesterday how the children ministry unfolded with great results, thus Boipelo keep up the good work and may others join you.
- Music ministry that goes with praise and worship is a very important part of the church ministry that deals with spiritual war-fare. Thus worship team you are doing excellently very well.