Tuesday, March 24, 2015

87. Has the Holy Spirit Anointed or Are You Self-Appointed?

The Call Continues

"And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee his father, mending their nets; and He called them." 
                                                                                                                            (Matthew 4:21, NKJV)

The call of Jesus Christ to a disciple, that is, one who follows under a teacher and assists in spreading those teachings to others, is specific. He calls Simon and Andrew and then goes over to Zebedee’s boat and calls James and John. They were all fishermen and knew what it took to catch fish. He says to Simon and Andrew, ‘I’ll make you fishers of men.'

Each of the four men left their nets and followed Jesus. Have you ever wondered at that interaction? One might suppose that since Jesus had just moved to Capernaum, they probably had never heard of Jesus of Nazareth, a carpenter by trade. But once Jesus appears, He talks to them and they leave their life’s work to go and follow (disciple after) Him. What was it that they sensed that day on the seashore? Were they moved by the Spirit of God? What was Jesus’ voice like? It was said that Jesus spoke as one having authority, did He speak to them with the voice of authority?

Was Jesus that much of a motivational leader, or was it the supernatural work of the calling of the Spirit of God on Jesus? Do you actually believe that Jesus was a motivational power of positive thinking type leader or was He simply led by the Holy Spirit? The power of positive thinking has its place, but not in the pulpit. That kind of preaching diminishes the power of the Holy Spirit into, ‘I think I can, I think I can, etc.’ The positive thinking preacher preaches positivity over the Spirit.

There have been many writers and speakers to make much of the leadership of Jesus Christ as if we could lead others as He led others. Let’s always remember that He was the Son of God. Perhaps what was leading the men to follow Jesus was the specific call on their lives by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. The nature of God in the Bible is as such. All of the leaders in the scriptures were specifically called-out ones with a very specific task during a very specific season. Always take the individual verses of scripture in context of the paragraph, the chapter, the book, the testament, and most of all, the nature of God in the totality of the whole. Don’t pick and choose individual verses to try and make them mean something that our Lord was really not saying. Even today men try to create books and conferences on leadership in the church and they make it rather worldly and completely leave out the work of the Holy Spirit.

It is the power of God to call men and women to Him. We are not called to men, but to God. No man deserves the honor and worship of God because they self-appoint and call themselves an apostle, bishop or other type of church leader. Jesus said, ‘Follow Me!" It is our duty to make sure of our calling in the following of Jesus Christ. Follow Him and He will make you what He has called you to be.