Question 3. Who am I called to serve?


You must be clear as to what exactly you are called to and for. Listen to Paul. He is comparing his ministry with that of Peter. In Galatians 2:7-9 he declares ‘On the contrary when they saw that I had been entrusted with the Gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised. (for He who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised, worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles. And when James, Cephas and John who seemed to be pillars, perceived that grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.” There were clear boundaries of their jurisdictions in terms of calling assignments. Paul was called to the Gentiles while Peter was called to the Jews. However Paul learnt it the hard way. God called him “to be the light to the gentiles” but when Paul started preaching he did not go to the gentiles first. He went to the Jews. He went from synagogue to synagogue preaching. An interesting phenomenon happened: every time in the biblical record that Paul went to preach to the Jews, he was beaten up and/or left for dead. I suggest that this was because he was outside his range of authority (his jurisdiction) and the devil could touch him. When the Jews rejected him and threw him out, it finally dawned on him and he turned to the Gentiles. From that day onwards you do not hear of people touching him because he was now within his range of authority. So when he says Peter was called to Jews, he had learnt his lesson through the School of Hard Knocks. When he was in Ephesus and the silversmiths rose up to harm him, they could not touch him because God raised a town clerk who protected him. When he was targeting the Gentiles they could not do him any harm. There is a price for not knowing what you are called to. Sometimes we bind the devil and he says “It is not my fault you came into my territory. You are within the range of my authority”. Ask yourself where you are called to serve? What is your jurisdiction? What is your exact target market? Who are your customers? Who are you called to serve? To Paul it was the gentiles. To Peter it was the Jews. How about you?

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