Generally speaking, anytime you want to approach anything in life, your first assignment is to refer to the pattern of that occurrence in scripture.
Because scripture is the boundary of God’s commitment to men.
So, whether it is business, whether it is ministry, are we together? Try to get a mentor.
Clearly, the bible says to follow them, so follower ship is involved to becoming. “Follow me and I will make…”. He says “follow them who through faith and patience have obtained the promise”.
It is in the process of mentorship and capacity building that you will begin to discern the unique expression of God’s call for your life.
Remember that Samuel was under the mentorship of Eli. That was what even helped him to lie down close to the ark.
It was under the supervision of Eli that God used the voice of Eli to call Samuel.
Otherwise, Samuel wouldn’t have run to Eli if it was a big voice that sounds like the voice of an angel. Are we together?
So, I think that the first thing that is required if you want to be in ministry is to allow yourself to be built and to be transformed.
Having that desire is wonderful, but there are many times the bible would say write, these things are for an appointed time.
That means you note them and know that I have the call of God but we must settle down to be trained and to be mentored. Right?
And then to study, to really press into God and to be guided.
Most times when people start nurturing this passion, they don’t even know what dimension of ministry, whether it is prophetic, whether it is this or that.
Usually, it stems out from a life of prayer, a life service towards God and service in the church also.
As you continue to do this, God by His spirit will begin to channel that individual to hold roles, maybe, in that church.
It helps in building leadership, a sense of responsibility.
In fact, that person may later become maybe a prayer leader. One day, they can give him an opportunity to lead five minutes prayer.
All of these little little things, they are like spiritual industrial attachment, they help him to make his mistakes and learn from them.
You know the whole psychology is built there, because ministry also involves… there’s a psychological component to it.
You are talking to men. So, the pattern I would give anyone is; number one: The moment you find out and you sense the call of God upon your life, whether or not you sense the call, it is important to not just be in church but to serve.
Because, service is one of the clearest platforms that help men evolve.
Without service, there are many things you cannot learn, there are many things you cannot know.
The disciplines that make for ministry is best inculcated at the point of service. If you are a worker in church, every week you are in church, you are doing something, handling one responsibility or the other.
There are brethren in the church who can help you, the pastor may not have all the time to attend to you pending on the size of the church.
But there are people within the group, the department that you can say look, I had this dream and someone says ah don’t joke with this dream. You see that now.
Ahm, there are many ways according to scripture where the call or what we call The Call now of a man is revealed to him.
Some of the best ways to know if you’re called into ministry:
1. Dreams and visions: Very clearly, we have seen through scripture people like Jeremiah, even while he was a little child. Dreams and Visions!
2. Prophetic Confirmations: There are times that God just comes and confirms prophetically.
3. Service: Very strangely, there’s no record in scripture that Elisha was supposed to be a prophet. Elisha was a farmer. There were sons of the prophet, the next prophet should come out of them.
But Elijah came to Elisha, hit his mantle and Elisha followed him until he received the double portion.
There is a dynamics, there are people who are preordained to work in certain things.
But there are people who through the sacrifice of alignment, their alignment qualifies them to be given mandates that was not their original assignment.
If it’s possible if you have a school of ministry around your area where you can be part of, it is very healthy to be part of it.
And whilst you are training and serving. It’s a mystery to be great by serving, not just by being aware of your ambition.
Because, service does a lot of things. Are we together now? Yes! So, you almost… any man of God will tell you his track record of service, serving a lot of people.
I’ve shared a lot of times that I started this apostolic ministry today by playing keyboard.
Playing keyboard for some of the people who were in prison ministry, who would later preached to Obasanjo, and then many other things.
So, there has to be antecedence and all of that.
So, my recommended pathway aside from the unique dealings of the spirit that may happen to a few people is; follow the path of service.
Be planted in an assembly of God’s people.
Find a spiritual platform that is connected to teaching and training and maturing believers and then be part of that body of believers. Serve!
Find a department, serve sincerely and faithfully.
Then, if you have access to a bible school or a place of training, submit yourself to it. Very very important, and then allow God to build you, to mature you, He will continue to give you platforms here and there!
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