In every generation, the hand of God will be very strong on certain people in certain areas of ministry and this will be clearly evident for all to see.
We will see ministers who will flow in very strong anointings along certain lines of ministry than others because everyone has their specific areas of calling.
Now, in the wisdom of God, it doesn’t really matter who God is using in certain areas or not; our responsibility as the Body of Christ is to cooperate with what the Lord is doing.
It doesn’t really matter if it is Minister A or B that God is using mightily in a particular area, as the Body of Christ, we are to thank God for them and receive the dimensions they’re bringing to the Body.
The bitter truth is that no one single minister can do it all. We should be wary of “contest for leadership” and simply receive what God is bringing into the Body of Christ through men.
The fathers seem to have mastered this principle even though the enemy is not also resting on his oars to cause bickering, rift, schism and fragmention within the ranks of Church leadership.
You see, over the years in the Body of Christ, we have seen God use men in specific areas like crusades, church planting, teaching, adminstration, the miraculous, church growth, discipleship, mass media, writing ministry, church history documentation, etc.
They have the proofs and results to show for it and it doesn’t really matter who is spearheading a particular sphere of operation or not; JESUS CHRIST, THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH, through the ministry of THE HOLY GHOST, is the One directing the activities of His Body.
What we as the Body of Christ should do is to fall in line and key into the workings of the Spirit through men.
It is until then that the Body of Christ will be strong and formidable to fulfil her end-time mandate.
The contest for who does what or who’s in the limelight in certain areas is carnal and it undermines the work of God in unimaginable ways.
This is a Kingdom thing. If my brother has light and result in a particular area of ministry, then I cooperate with it.
You see, it doesn’t really have to be me. When we put politics into the work of God, we slow down many things and we grieve the Holy Spirit.
In the days of Jehosaphat when Judah battled with three nations, viz: Moab, Ammon, and Mount Seir, the Spirit of God spoke through a guy called called Jazahiel and the entire congregation hearkened to it:
2 CHRONICLES 20:14-18
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. note note
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.
You see, it didn’t really matter who God spoke through in the congregation or not; the most important thing was to get the victory and they got it.
In the early days of the Church during a worship service at the church at Antioch, the Holy Spirit spoke that Barnabas and Saul be commissioned into ministry.
1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
You see, we don’t really know whom God the Spirit spoke through among the Prophets and Teachers; it didn’t really matter – the most important thing was for the plan of God for the hour to be executed.
In the Jerusalem church during the deliberations on the propriety of circumcision as the basis for salvation as propounded by some Jewish brethren, James the half brother of Jesus spoke as the Pastor of the church and gave the final verdict.
13 And after they had held their peace, JAMES ANSWERED, SAYING, MEN AND BRETHREN, HEARKEN UNTO ME:
14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
19 WHEREFORE MY SENTENCE IS, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
You see, James said, “MY SENTENCE IS, THAT…” and nobody read any meaning to it because they accepted his leadership despite the fact that many of them were quite older than him.
That is THE KINGDOM CONCEPT. In the days of the healing revival in America which had about 120 ministers belonging to the Voice Of Healing Organization, three men stood out – Oral Roberts and William Branham as arrowheads and then Gordon Lindsay as the General Coordinator and Administrator, yet you had people like Dad Hagin there.
That’s the Body of Christ concept. In our country today, we have great ministers that are arrowheads in charismatic evangelism; some in the miraculous; some in church growth; some in leadership development; some in teaching; some in media; some in the prophetic and the list goes on and on.
It is the intention of the Father that we receive others in their calling and we cooperate with the move of the Spirit in their lives – it will not reduce you to celebrate or promote what the Lord is doing through others.
That tendency to become cold towards the great things that other ministers are doing is the work of the flesh.
That tendency to be in denial of what the Lord is doing in people’s lives must die for you to cooperate with the Spirit of God in this hour.
When God is using people to bless the Body of Christ in specific areas of calling, ministry and grace, stop wishing or thinking it should have been you – CELEBRATE GRACE.
I remember when we had the 100,000 seater capacity Glory Dome auditorium here in Nigeria, some people were quick to say things like, “It’s not about physical building” yet when the same Dr. Paul Enenche went about doing all kinds of social services to impact different communities, they kept mum.
In the Body of Christ, VICTORY FOR ONE IS VICTORY FOR ALL; SUCCESS FOR ONE IS SUCCESS FOR ALL.
God will have to work thoroughly on our hearts to determine our placement in the next wave and move of the Spirit upon the earth.
Remember; it doesn’t really matter who God is using for what or not, the Body of Christ is bigger than one man; it is ONE BODY WITH MANY PARTS – 1 Cor.12:20.
The Lord helps His Church in Jesus’ Precious Name!