'Are we moving fully in His calling?'
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may
declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light"
(1). We are also "like living
stones, being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God
through Jesus Christ"
(2). How often do we operate as a 'royal priesthood' and spiritually anoint our ears to
hear only the voice of God to direct us in our endeavors, anoint our hands to minister to others through the
gifts of the Holy spirit and anoint our feet
(3) to carry the good news gospel that "by grace are ye saved
through faith"
(4) in Christ Jesus?  Do we pray and fast before ministering to others?  Do we dine on and
consume the word of God before we attempt to share the scriptures?  Do we sanctify all areas of our life
before we seek to intercede for the needs of others as well as to present our own prayer petitions?  The
responsibilities and obligations intrinsic in a 'royal priesthood' are awesome when we understand the spiritual
office in which God has placed believers, to offer 'spiritual sacrifices and declare praises of Him'.
So often we hear a believer say, "I just don't seem to really be effective" in a particular area of ministry to
which they believe they have a calling.  Almost without exception, the lack of
spiritual preparation before
entering into ministry, teaching, preaching, praise and worship results in limited fruitfulness and a sense of not
fully accomplishing the appointed task.  To minister without the anointing and preparation imparted by the
Holy Spirit is tantamount to a self-appointed calling which can only function under the imagination and skill of
the natural man and his nature.  Sadly to say, there are more than an incidental few ministries operating today,
especially in the television venue, which appear to ostensibely be 'self-appointed-anointed' religious
Until the dormant part of today's church openly declares, publicly announces and joyfully proclaims that they
have been called as a chosen people, a royal priesthood, people belonging to God and called out of darkness
into His light to declare praises of Him, they (it) will not move in the fullness of the call to be His people.  "No
one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand,
so that those who come in may see the light"
(5).  Peter denied he knew Christ thrice(6).  How many divinely
commissioned opportunities do we individually have each day to share with others that we personally know
Christ Jesus as our Lord, Savior, Master, King and High Priest?  If we avoid, elude or deny opportunities to
share Christ and our place in Him, we are equivalent to the Laodicean church cited in the book of Revelation:
"The lukewarm or neutral or compromising or accommodating church is repulsive to the Lord and damaging
to His purpose"
(7).  Today begin to speak aloud so all may hear who you are in Christ Jesus.  Do not let any
'lukewarmness' inhibit your joy of proclaiming Jesus as Lord.  Begin today anew to move and operate in your
place as a 'chosen people, royal priesthood and a holy nation'!  Jesus only called Peter once to "Come!" ... let
us not miss that call in our life by not being prepared 'to move when He calls'.

Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
(1) Pet. 2:9)  (2) (1 Pet. 2:5)  (3) (see Exo. 9:19-21)  (4) (Eph. 2:8a)  (5) (Lk. 11:33-Niv)  (6) (Lk. 22:34-Niv)
(7) (Ryrie-note Rev. 3:16)
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