In Chapter 2 of Ezekiel, we see a man who is totally under God’s authority. The Lord said to him, “Stand up. I want to speak to you.” The Spirit came into Ezekiel as God spoke and set him on his feet. The Lord said, “Listen carefully. I am sending you to the nation of Israel.”
As we wait upon God, though we may not hear an audible voice like Ezekiel did, it is possible to have just as real and as certain a sense of calling and a sense of God sending us as Ezekiel had. It may take time.
When I started my ministry, I did not know immediately what my ministry was going to be. But as the years went by, I began to discover what it was. Now as I look back, I find fulfilment. But I know so many people who have tried to drag me away from the ministry God had called me to.
The Lord says, “I am sending you with a particular ministry.” It is very important that you learn to wait upon God and hear what God is speaking to you and what He has called you for. Sometimes you might choose God’s second best.
I remember, about 30 years ago, when I was in a lot of financial difficulty - I didn’t have much at that time - a Christian organisation invited me to be its director and offered me a good salary, a free car, free telephone, free house, etc., etc., if I accepted their offer. It was a Western organisation working in India. I said, “No. I can’t do that because even though I am in need, God has not called me to sit behind a desk and be an administrator. God has called me to go around preaching the Word.” I am so thankful that I did not accept their offer. It was a temptation - not a temptation to sin, but to choose something God had not called me to. When I look back now, I can see that if I had accepted their offer, I would not have sinned. I would still have been serving the Lord, but not in the ministry that God had planned for me.
I want you to realize that God has a specific task for you. It is wonderful to realize that truth when you are young. Wait on the Lord and say, “Lord, show me Your perfect plan for me.” It won’t become clear in one day. But over a period of years, it will become clearer and clearer. And as it becomes clear to you, stick to it at any cost - and you won’t have any regret when you stand before the Lord one day.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon