The call from God is not based on our talents, abilities or gifts. It is based on a potential that God sees in us called faithfulness. The particular faithfulness described here is not to a denomination, an organization, or individual. It is faithfulness to God and His call upon your life. We can be faithful, because God is always faithful to us: “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1Thess 5:24).
OUR SOURCE OF CONFIDENCE
Confidence is the key to effective ministry. Confidence comes from an understanding of one important thing: the heart of our heavenly Father. Knowing what is in the heart of the Father toward us is what gives our life meaning and purpose.
God’s purpose for you, once you understand it, may surprise you; but knowing His purpose is the only way to walk in true confidence:
- in your relationship with Jesus,
- in your calling, and
- in your life and ministry.
PURPOSE AND PROCESS
Knowing the heart of the Father requires that we understand, from the Scriptures:
- The purpose of the Father: that which prompts Him to action (His motivation).
- The process of the Father: how He performs that action (His outworking).
So there is both a purpose and a process. The purpose has to do with the motivation for action; the process has to do with how that motivation is fulfilled.
As Christian leaders, we often confuse purpose and process. We try to do instead of first learning how to simply be. The Bible teaches that we are not just servants – we are first sons (Rom 8:14-17) who are then called to serve!
Our purpose is not to be doing a lot of things for God; just doing things has to do with process, as we shall see. Our purpose is to first walk in relationship with our Father (through Jesus Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit) as His sons and daughters. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…” (Rom 8:16,17).
A simple question may help put things in perspective. When you lie down to sleep at night and talk to God, which of the following two statements is typically the one that you would make? Is it:
- Father, I pray that I was pleasing to You today; OR
- Father, I pray that You are pleased with what I did for You today.
If you would more likely make statement one, then you probably understand that you are first a son. If you would make statement two, you probably see yourself more as a servant or hireling. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Rom 8:14).