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Being faithful with God's calling begins when you find out what God has called you to do, and you go ahead to identify with His purpose for your life. As you get fully involved in it, you'll function according to that purpose per time and also develop the staying power to remain committed and dedicated to it. Every child of God has been gifted with the ministry of serving other people, no matter the capacity at which they do so, which implies that every Christian is a minister. Now this does not suggest that every Christian is a pastor, apostle, or prophet; it simply means that God chose us and predestined us as ministers unto His holy name. So if you are born again, you're divinely preordained to use your talents and gifts to help others, and as you do so, you're ministering God's grace to them.

Reference: 2 Timothy 1:9 Living Bible (TLB) "It is he who saved us and chose us for his Holy work not because we deserved it but because that was his plan long before the world began - to show his love and kindness to us through Christ."

According to the above Scripture, God didn't just save us, He equally chose us for His holy work. Simply put, God saved you so you could serve Him faithfully. Now some Christians are thinking, "If I'm saved to serve or become a minister for God, how do I know what my ministry is? Firstly, understand that God planned for you long before the world began, and for this reason, you do not operate according to your works, but according to His own purpose and grace which He granted you in Christ Jesus. Since the plan was from all eternity, you must discover the details of His plan for your life by embracing your true identity, spiritual gifts, abilities, personality, and assignment. And this would usually happen when you begin to yield to the Spirit of truth, because part of His job is to empower you with the reason God has called you, and as you follow the leading of the Spirit, you easily align yourself with it. Got it?

Beloved, God wants you to use your talents and gifts to help and serve other people in a sincere manner. And every time you do so, that's called ministry. It's all about helping others to keep fulfilling their purpose in Christ. And your ministry is not just limited to serving in the house of God. For instance, as a "sales" manager, you can minister to others, even as you lead and supervise your sales agents or run your day-to-day sales operation. Whenever you're helping other people in His name, especially through sharing the glorious gospel, you're ministering.

Beloved, understand that you're a very important part of God's family, meaning that your gift and talents are invaluable. Look at it this way: If you refuse to function in your divine gifts, or use your talent to bless others, they get starved. If I don't use mine, someone who needs it, may never benefit from it or get blessed by it. And either way, everybody else in the body of Christ gets deprived of the blessings associated with it. To that effect, Ephesians 4:16 reminds us that its from Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work" (NIV). Did you notice the last phrase in the verse?: "as each part does its work." I consider it as the key phrase because it plainly denotes that each person in the body of Christ has got something beneficial and edifying to offer.

Therefore, once you discover what God has called you to do, ensure that you do it faithfully. It's a test you must endeavour to pass. In fact, let me tell you the truth in God's mind: There's nothing wrong with achievements because great achievements and accomplishments are tangible signs of God's glory in a man's life but equally understand that God does not relate with you based on your achievements; He relates with you based on your faithfulness. This is why people can achieve something without being faithful but when you're faithful to God, you are sure to achieve and succeed in the right manner.

For instance, if God gives you a particular assignment to handle, maybe in the lives of five persons, and you are faithful with those people, guiding them in the truth and helping them to fulfil His plan for their lives, God will not compare you with the person He has entrusted with the task of helping and improving the lives of hundred people. Now, if that's the capacity God has afforded you at that point in time, He will definitely judge your faithfulness and applaud you based on that level. Stay tuned for part 2. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Proverbs 28:20; Luke16 :10; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Timothy 1:12.

Exuberant Declaration: I function in the fullness of my divine gift and assignment, ministering to others and serving God faithfully. My life is designed for God's glory, and from the standpoint of abundance, I'm fruitful and productive in every good work, manifesting the fruit of righteousness in Christ Jesus. Blessed be God!


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