Or is it just wishful thinking? Or your own wish to be somebody important? Of significance?
Are you deceiving yourself, thinking it is God when deep down, if your honest it’s just a means to get what you want.
Too many times now I have heard people say God told me. This means either from themselves or from someone else who prophecies falsely.
What do I mean?
After a talk I gave a woman desperately want to borrow a DVD I had used for an illustration, she talked me into lending it to her. Even though she promised to return it, it did not come back. I am a generous giver but I needed this DVD for future talks so I asked her to give it me back.
The following week she arrived with a different DVD saying God had told her to give me this one instead. It was an outright lie because I already had that one and did not need it. I should have confronted her on it but did not. At best she was deceived and at worst stole from me for her own selfish gain.
Similarly I want to challenge all this stuff I hear about how God has called you to greatness! Really? Yes, I know God can do anything but can you?
Did you hear God tell you first you were going to be CEO of a big company and then someone else confirmed it? Since then have you taken steps to line yourself up for that promotion. Are you qualified to do it? Do you have the experience and knowledge? Or is it just wishful thinking for significance on your part.
Your significance should come through knowing the Love of God in Christ Jesus and that He died for you personally because He loved you that much. That you are now a child of God. Not from position or pre-eminence or power, that is the world’s way of thinking.
Have you put in the time and effort to train yourself up, get the qualifications, studied for exams if needed? Decided to be a person of excellence in all forms. Are you on time for that appointment? Do you keep your word? Is your mouth and your money in order and your family? Do you keep your house and possessions neat and clean? If you don’t look after your things you will not look after another’s well. Do you return what you borrowed? Do you follow through?
Realistically why should you be promoted if you have not proved you can do the job? God is not going to tank the company just to bless you, because you want significance without the hard work.
Even if you have gift for example a great voice, you still need to excericise it, learn how to control your breathing, produce your voice, train it etc. Build a reputation and a following. Just like an instrument it takes practice.
So Why are people going around telling folks like a prophecy you are called to be great,! NO WE ARE NOT!!!!!!!! Jesus said: “If you want to be great then become like a little child”. He did not mean without knowledge! He meant with simple faith and a teachable spirit, one who will learn from others and grow and mature just as Jesus did, in knowledge AND favor of man.
Like Jesus we are called to humbly serve others with love. If God in his wisdom wants to elevate us he will do so. But we are not all leaders, There are many ignorant people who believe because they have been told you can do anything through Christ and Yes you can; but in the realm of calling your gifting. Use your talents. Get education, knowledge and wisdom, study to show yourself approved. Your future is not just going to fall out of heaven one day when you have not lined yourself up for it.
Your character matters too. Have you worked through your issues so you can lead if that is what you are called to.
If you are leader – do you have followers?
If your an evangelist, have you spoken to people to Jesus and have been people been saved?
If you are a prophet, have you trained and kept a record of how accurate you are. Even prophets in the Bible were trained in the school of the prophets. Are you accountable for what you say. Or do you just go around saying whatever comes into your head? Are your motives pure? To speak correctly on behalf of God your motives and heart should be squeaky clean! No hidden agendas or selfish motivations. If your a prophet it is a serious business you represent God’s mouthpiece, it should be accurate because God does not make mistakes. God is really hard on his true prophets it is a very hard life. You are trained in the pit of life. Acronym:
T – training.
Because its hard.
So please stop going around giving people false hopes and vain imaginations as to what God expects of them. It leads to tremdous heartache and confusion when your word does not happen.
One lady came to lunch with me and told me she was an Evangelist. I asked how and where she witnessed. She never had. She had never talked to anyone about Jesus and neither did she want to. I asked why she thought she was an Evangelist? Because someone told her she said!
Get the picture folks.
Time to speak out. Having faith does not mean you lose integrity, truth, Rather you above others should seek to serve, be truthful, fear giving false words, God will hold you to it. You will have to account for every idle word you have spoken.
Not everyone is called to be a great name, or hold a top position, in fact most are not. That why those positions should be filled with knowledgeable, insightful, educated, faith filled people with the experience gained over time.
Your job is to love your neighbor as yourself, to set a great example and be the best you can be with your security, hope in Christ Jesus not from worldly Kudos.