This morning I was listening to a message by T. D. Jakes entitled: "The Witness To Change." In his message he was describing the clear cut way of knowing when God is ready to launch your ministry. He talked about that fact that, men often say, " I don't need anyone to validate my ministry, God called me to this ministry, and I can do it without anybody's help." However, Bishop disputed that way of thinking, and pointed to Joseph and Jesus in Scripture. He reminded us that it was the Butler and the Baker who introduces Joseph's special gifts to Pharaoh. It they hadn't been a witness themselves of the special giftedness that Joseph possessed, He would have remained in the prison.
Sometimes we gee caught up in where we wind up as a result of the anointing and preordained purpose God has for our lives. We must remember, though Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, he ends up in the palace where his gift is blessing the Pharaoh and its people. Then he is lied on by the wife of Pharaoh and winds up in prison. While there, he meets the Baker and the Butler. Each have a dream and Joseph interprets it. Joseph did not realize that these men were the
gate keepers, who introduce him to the next season of his life. This was a divine connection, a relationship God ordained to be a resource in which God would authenticate Joseph's ministry, bless Egypt and subsequently preserve the posterity of his Jacob, his brothers and the entire nation of Israel.
When you meet someone and something leaps in your spirit, you know you are supposed to be with, be mentored by, assist, serve or follow that individual. Allow them to mentor you! YOU MUST ALWAYS: "FRIEND UP AND NOT DOWN!" FOLLOW PEOPLE WHO ARE FURTHER ALONG THAN YOU ARE, THOSE AT A PLACE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTAIN!
Jesus needed someone to witness his ministry. But many say:" I don't need no man to point me out! Really? Not TRUE! You need a witness to confirm its time for a change in your life you cant let restlessness, pride, rejection, and insecurity be the determining factor, that you need to move or change directions!!!!
From 12 to 30 you hear very little in the Scriptures regarding Jesus' life. But then at the age of 30, Jesus shows up. His cousin John is the one that people are flocking to see. He is the one who has been getting all of the teaching and preaching engagements. He is the one people are following, he is the one baptizing people, commanding them to repent from their sins and be baptized, NOT Jesus! Cousin John had only one message, " Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand." He preached the same sermon week after week.
John was limited for a reason. He was limited because he was good at what he was doing. So the message to you and me is, keep doing what you are doing, don’t ask for any more or less. We must learn to be content with what God has placed in our hands to do. We must do it with excellence to the Glory of God. Before John pointed Jesus out, nobody knew He was the Son of God. They knew him as Mary and Joseph’s son. No one was looking at him until John points him out
There are seasons, stages, levels of growth that Jesus had to go through before he came to into his ministry, prior to that he lived 18 years in obscurity. God had assigned John the Baptist, to point his finger at Jesus and say, “Behold the lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world.” And beloved, when it’s time for you to come to the end of your process God will assign someone to point you out too. From out of your contacts someone will come forth to point you out to bring you to the next stage of your ministry.
Everybody needs somebody to witness to or point out a destiny moment, a pivotal change in your ministry. John pointed to Jesus, singled him out, and immediately He goes from obscurity into full time ministry. Between 12 and 30 years of age, Jesus was being processed. The Bible says in Luke 2:52, “And Jesus went down with Joseph his earthly father and Mary his mother, and was subject, obedient to them. And He grew in wisdom, stature favor with God and man.
What that means is Jesus didn't come here having it altogether. Yes, He was fully God, but He was also fully man. Jesus had to go through a process. What process? He came here as a baby. He had to be cared for nurtured and protected. He went through the toddler age. He had to grow up, go through exploration, learn to communicate, and learn to socialize with family and friends. He most likely went to a Jewish school and synagogue to learn the Torah.
Joseph was a carpenter; Jesus learned his father’s trade. He had other siblings. He had to learn to communicate and get along with them. I'm sure He learned, grew to know he was a special, unusual child that possessed gifts. Yet, He had to learn to wisdom and not expose himself to criticism, jealousy, envy and strife.
Not much of his life as a child, teenager, and young adult is not written of in the Bible! So I would have to use my Holy Ghost imagination based upon my own experienced with my siblings and having raised children of my own. But when Jesus' time of exposure had fully come, God chooses someone He is related to, (John, his first cousin), to witness to and authenticate his ministry.
I love what Bishop Jakes says about that though. You have to know your assignment. You have to know what you are good at. You have to be comfortable in pointing others to "The One," even if it is not YOU! You cannot be someone God has not called you to be. JDY! (Just Do You). Thank you Pastor Gail Hill, I'll always remember that statement from the BFF.
You cannot make people push you into something God has not called you to be. It will not stand up, hold up, and sustain you. Why, because you will have to depend on people to help sustain it. And people are fickle. People will turn on you. People will be jealous of you etc.
Folks don't want process! They want to be self-appointed or want their friend to make them a bishop, prophet, apostle whatever. People have resorted to lying about their credentials. They can go online and get whatever title or credential that will suit their purpose. Again, some people are lazy, they don't want you earn it, they want to skip over the hard stuff.
But Saints, it is the trials, tribulations, persecution, back stabbing, heartache and so forth, that is needed to shape you into the person God can use. You might be anointed, but you're prideful. You might be anointed, but not have a meek gentle spirit. You might be anointed, yet have no discipline or patience. Hope you get the point.
When you are ready, God will tap someone on the shoulder and say, " I'm opening a door for ( him, her), go tell them, "It’s their time, season and turn. Look for the "Witness!" it might be a Sponsor, Mentor, Spiritual Mother, or Father has already seen your fruit. Let them point others to you, and "Get Ready to Make That Move."
God Bless And: “Don’t Forget To Say Your Prayers!"