Called into Ministry

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Torah Portion Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32) is about a man, named Korah, who felt that anybody who can do the work (perform the rituals) can be the high priest of Israel. He decided to challenge Moses brother Aaron for the position. Korah made the fatal assumption that anybody can choose to be “called” into ministry, but Adonai made it very clear that without the calling, mandate, and anointing from Adonai himself a person cannot occupy an Office of Adonai’s Kingdom without dire consequences.

Today, we find that the clear majority of ministers have assumed calling. When challenged, most of them cannot point to a place and time when Adonai called them into ministry. It is very rare, in this day and age of lawlessness, to find ministers who can point to a moment, a place, a specific time in their life when Adonai himself commissioned them into a ministry and service for the His Kingdom.

Every person with a true calling from Adonai has an encounter with Him.

  • Noah had an encounter (Genesis 6:9)
  • Abraham had an encounter (Genesis 12:7)
  • Isaac had an encounter (Genesis 26:24)
  • Jacob had an encounter (Genesis 28:13, 15)
  • Moses had an encounter (Exodus 33:11) (Hebrews 11:27)
  • The Prophets had an encounter (e.g. 1 Samuel 3:21)
  • The Apostles had an encounter (e.g. Saul ‘Paul’ Acts 9:1-22)

Matthew 7:16-20 (TLV) 16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes aren’t gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles, are they? 17 Even so, every good tree produces good fruit, but the rotten tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.

The consequences of an assumed calling, rather than a true calling, are often not visible to most people until the fruit of their choices have become fully mature. Often, the consequences involve a leanness in spirit (Psalm 106:15) and a spiritual deception (Colossians 2:4) which is passed on to their followers. Scripture is very clear, ministers will be held to a higher standard. They will be judged more harshly because what they do affects others a very powerful way, and when somebody leads others astray they will be held accountable.

James 3:1 (TLV) 3 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, since you know that we will receive a stricter judgment.

In contrast, a person who has a true calling of Adonai bears fruit that confirms and affirms the calling they have received, but the fruit may not be what most people expect. Today’s believer expects to see a ministry with many people and a large reach, but remember that Yeshua himself only had 12 disciples. It’s not the numbers that count, it’s the transformed lives that truly matter. One person who is truly transformed can change everything and everyone around them. It’s not the numbers, it’s the people.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (TLV)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways My ways.”
It is a declaration of Adonai.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways,
and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Adonai’s ways are not our ways. What people expect of ministry today is to be told that how they are living is okay. They expect to be fed the food of infants, while at the same time living a life according to their own will and desires without any regard to the living word of Adonai. Only the popular parts of the Scripture, the parts that feel good, the parts that promise blessing, the parts that do not require a person to grow or mature, only these parts of Scripture are fully accepted, but the truth of the matter is that Adonai’s word requires us to mature and grow into a servant of Adonai that mirrors the unpopular life of Yeshua himself.

1 Corinthians 3:2 (TLV) 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready. Indeed, even now you are not yet ready,

This message of maturity and growth is not taught by ministers who have a false calling. The truth of the word of Adonai requires people to grow and mature into ministers themselves. Not everyone has an Office (Ephesians 4:11), but everyone is called to be a minister (1 Peter 4:10). This threatens and undermines the so-called “authority” of people who have a false calling, and often people who grow and mature are literally pushed out of congregations simply because they have matured and have had a real encounter with Adonai.

Hebrews 5:14 (TLV) 14 But solid food is for the mature, who through practice have their senses trained to discern both good and evil.

Ephesians 4:11-16 (TLV) 11 He Himself gave some to be emissaries, some as prophets, some as proclaimers of the Good News, and some as shepherds and teachers— 12 to equip the kedoshim for the work of service, for building up the body of Messiah. 13 This will continue until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of Ben-Elohim—to mature adulthood, to the measure of the stature of Messiah’s fullness. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be like children, tossed around by the waves and blown all over by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men with cunning in deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all ways into Messiah, who is the Head. 16 From Him the whole body is fitted and held together by every supporting ligament. The proper working of each individual part produces the body’s growth, for building itself up in love.

1 Corinthians 14:20 (TLV) 20 Brothers and sisters, stop being children in your thinking—rather, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

Korah decided that he was the one who should be the high priest. He made this decision based upon feelings and assumptions, believing that the works of the Office equal approval by Adonai. He assumed that anyone who can do the works can occupy the Office, and this is exactly what is happening all around us today. Countless people who hold titles of ministry have never been called by Adonai himself, and multitudes upon multitudes are being led astray.

Matthew 7:13-14 (TLV) 13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”