Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 1st. timothy 4:14
There are people to whom God discovers what their ministry is, and what their function in life is. They didn’t have to do much more to find out.
Most of the men and women of God who stand out in the Bible were chosen, and the ministry and service they would perform while they existed were revealed directly to them.
This is not the case for many of us who today try to develop the service that we understand God has entrusted to us. Some, even, do not know that they have a call from God to the ministry. What are we, or what can we become? Pastors, evangelists, teachers, apostles, prophets, or some other ministry? How can we discover it?
In times past, when a person understood that he or she had a call from God to ministry, he or she was immediately sent to a biblical institute, seminary, theological faculty, as he or she saw fit, and according to the projection of ministerial work that he or she had, and thus began his or her service to God, training himself or herself according to the biblical-theological disciplines of the institution in which he or she had enrolled.
However, almost everyone came to occupy a pulpit of a church, and the idea was generated that God’s call to ministry is equal to the pastorate. For those who did not occupy a church pulpit, this idea became a sense of ministerial failure.
Is having a call from God to ministry becoming a pastor? Are there other ministry options? How can one who has a call from God to ministry know clearly what his real ministry is?
The other days I experienced for the second time in a matter of five years a situation of fraud that led me to understand the means that God uses to reveal to us what our function is within the kingdom.
Recently I was looking for a part-time job to supplement some of the income I needed to cover my budget; looking at job offers I came across an ad requesting a driver to drive an older woman’s car on her personal outings, it was her son who requested this service, and who would pay week after week for the services rendered. He offered to pay well. I wrote by e-mail, as required in the ad, and a couple of days later I received the response.
It was one George Buchanan, who never called me personally, but through e-mail he assured me that he was an engineer at a Texas refinery, that his mother lived in Florida, and he needed a reliable person to take her on her medical visits and so on; He explained that his mother had no vehicle of her own, that he would send me by certified mail a check with the advance salary of my first week of service, and a surplus that I had to send by Money Gram to a person in Las Vegas, for delivery of the car I would use to transport his mother, and for my personal use, while working for him.
It was a fraud scheme, a certified check apparently in order, but with no funds; since it was a check from another state, it took longer than usual to release the funds, allowing time for the swindled person to send the surplus of his own money to the site indicated in the instructions. As it is a fraud scheme, the bank never releases the funds and the person has sent his own money to a fake person of whom nobody knows anything.
I didn’t fall into the deception, thank God, because a couple of years ago I had also gone through a very similar experience which I realized just in time. I was selling a video camera for classified ads from a local newspaper, and it turned out to be a person interested in buying it, but under the same concept of fraud. He sent a check with a larger amount, mistakenly according to him, and required me to send the rest via Western Union to a person in England. I went to the police station to report the scheme and thought I was helping to uncover this type of scam, but whoever attended me at the police station explained to me that they could do nothing because since I had not sent money, and had not been scammed, there was no crime.
However, having been exposed to a situation of fraud and almost being cheated, led me to think about the reason for certain experiences one goes through and the spiritual value of its teaching. Why I was again exposed to a scheme of fraud? Why again are they trying to deceive me, and swindle me? The questions I asked led me to understand how God discovers the function we perform within the Kingdom of God, but for lack of discernment, we do not understand God’s messages.
God explained to me that we are each trained in the area where we will develop our ministry. For example, the prophet needs to exercise discernment in order to be able to differentiate when it is God who speaks, and when the voice does not come from God, so his training consists in eating butter and honey so that he knows how to discard evil and choose good.
The teacher of the word needs to entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others as well, so it is necessary that he himself go through a process of personal purification so that his teaching may be according to the spirit of the word and not according to his personal appreciations. Paul assured, in his case, that in his cleansing process to find the eminent knowledge of Jesus Christ, and to find the best way to commission faithful men, he had to make the decision to consider the things that for him were gain for manure.
Thus, one’s own experiences are the basis of learning to understand and develop the vision of the ministry to which God leads us. Esther, in order to face a mighty Haman and bring liberation to her people, first had to go through the painful experience of losing her parents due to the invasion of Chaldean armies into Jerusalem, and face bitterness and exile, so that under that situation she would learn to value the suffering of persecution and abandonment, an experience without which she would not have been able to face Haman. A life of personal comfort cannot see needs in others nor can it be moved to mercy in favor of others.
The fraud attempts of which I was a victim taught me the didactic value in God of experiences, and I came to understand my function in the kingdom of God. I was exposed on two consecutive occasions to a scheme of fraud because I am called to face the deception of darkness and to denounce its stratagems.
We have the basis in Jonas’ experience of God’s demand for Nineveh,
Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle? Jonas 4:10-11
God exposed me to two situations of fraud scheme so that I would understand the risk of spiritual fraud to which many people are exposed because of something that seems good, and is not, and because they do not have enough discernment to warn of it, they fall prey to the fraud that is the product of apostasy.
Now I understand God’s call for me. God leads me to fight against apostasy, against seemingly biblical Christian doctrines, which many follow because they believe them to be good and from God, but which in reality are satanic bondage that leads to eventual spiritual death.
I decided to write to the people who contacted me and tried to deceive me; I denounced their fraud scheme and condemned them because they had risen up in arrogance to deceive and take advantage of the need of innocent people who seek to supply their own needs.
Likewise, I condemn apostasy and all those by whom it is introduced, for bringing death to the regions of the earth, for deceiving whole congregations, and for establishing defilement and death upon the earth.
To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 1st. Corinthians 5:5
Of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. 1st. timothy 1:20
All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Version.
Pastor Pedro Montoya
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 Isaiah 7:15
 2nd. Timothy 2:2
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