The following column is an opinion piece and reflects the views of the author only and not those of The Georgia Virtue.
By: Dr. William F. Holland Jr., Minister, Chaplain and author of the “Living on Purpose” column series. You can read more about the Christian life and see other works by Dr Holland at billyhollandministries.com.
Each week, I spend part of my day writing and preparing messages. I pray and seek the voice of the Lord as I strain my spiritual ear to hear the direction He is leading me. We know that thousands of men and women write and speak regularly for the public and they appreciate it. However, when it comes to ministry and representing God, conveying what we believe to be his truth is one of the most serious tasks I can think of and is seldom comfortable. Some have served as guardians on the wall for many years and feel the respect and responsibility that comes with the mission. I spend a lot of time looking closely at the words I write as I seek wisdom and discernment before releasing them and often after presenting the message, I will assess whether I said what the Lord wanted me to say. I say.
Many assume that the office of the fivefold ministry is pursued by the individual because he is equipped and prepared with an education or a personality. It actually has very little to do with it. In reality, God does not always call the qualified, He qualifies the called as we see with His disciples. Delivering God’s message is not a natural demonstration, but it is one of the most supernatural tasks to which anyone can be called. It takes an imperfect receptacle to indulge in humility, brokenness, spiritual sensitivity and above all a reverential fear of his holiness.
Many Bible preachers and prophets were reluctant to accept God’s call. Moses apologized for the stuttering, Gideon tried to disqualify himself, and Jeremiah complained about the responsibility of carrying a prophetic burden. In Jonah’s case, he was called to relay a warning from the Almighty for the city of Nineveh to repent of its sins and turn to the Lord. Jonas didn’t want to deliver what he saw as an unpopular message and instead bought a one-way ticket to the other side of the Mediterranean Sea. Often the man or woman who is apprehensive and moans when asked to share the word of God, who does not want to be there, who feels uncomfortable, uncomfortable and inadequate is the very one he chooses. If we try to serve him in our flesh the results are miserable, but with obedience and trust the power and prophetic anointing of the Holy Spirit is unleashed. The apostle Paul, who was a silver-tongued Pharisee before he met Christ, was stripped of his eloquence before preaching throughout the Roman Empire and states in 1 Corinthians 2: 3-5: “I ‘ was with you in weakness and in awe and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching was not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would NOT rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. “
No one is perfect except God and I made mistakes like everyone else. Sometimes I have said things when I should have kept quiet and other times I hesitate when I need to be bold and not be afraid of confrontation. The world is big and people have their own opinions on everything. I’ve learned that the more generalist you can be, the fewer attacks there will be, but if you choose to lay your soul bare and say speak your mind about everything, you may need to raise your shield. We all want to be respected and loved, but as a representative and witness of God, the world will never accept you. I received my share of rejection because it’s just part of the territory. I recently made some comments that didn’t go over well at all, but felt I had to take a stand. If we hide and avoid sharing what we know to be true, we are ashamed of the gospel and fail in our mission to impart the love and light of God. Christians are called to be the keepers of God’s truth and this includes never compromising to please others. God’s truth can set us free, but I also realize that not everyone wants to hear their requests and demands. If you have a divine appointment with the Lord, overcome your fears, doubts, and excuses, and willingly drink the cup of suffering that comes with being his messenger. The question I ask myself is: will I deliver his truth even if it costs me everything?