Friday, October 12, 2018

CALLED TO PREACH OR TEACH?

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1 Corinthians 9:16 (NET)
For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason for boasting, because I am compelled to do this. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!


When Gbenga was a child, he had several dreams of him preaching on crusade grounds. It looked to him like that was the kind of life the Lord was calling him to live, but as Gbenga grew older and became more encumbered with the vicissitudes of life, he was no longer sure. A time came that more than any other thing in his life, he wanted to certain about his call.

Many have asked me how to know if they are called to preach and teach (all the fivefold ministries involve preaching and/or teaching). My first concern is to be sure they are spiritually healthy.

After it has been established that the believer is spiritually healthy, the next thing to look out for is if there is a burning desire in him to preach, even if there is no [physical] reward or glory.

If spiritually healthy, those with a call need no persuasion to minister. They would be compelled from within to preach. They would be willing to spend their money just to get people to listen to them, etc.

Like Jeremiah, if they try to hinder themselves from preaching, the word will be like fire in their bones (see Jeremiah 20:9). Like Paul, their souls would cry out “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel”.

For a man with a call to preach or teach, no matter what his earthly achievements are, he would not feel fulfilled until he fulfills his call. He would always feel empty and hollow inside, no matter how loaded he is outside.

Go into today asking the Lord to deliver you from every spiritual disease that hinders people from discerning the necessity of their call.
—Pastor SD Abraham

Yearly Bible: Jonah
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