Inspired by Instruction of Jesus in Luke 24:49, and the event in The Upper Room in Acts 2.
At birth, everyone is born with a life purpose. Some call this "Destiny." When you become born again, you are given a spiritual purpose, some call it "Ministry."
For those who are more spiritually inclined (like the disciples were), their calling / ministry is the same as their life-purpose.
Knowing our life-purpose or calling / ministry is crucial, but stepping into it is where the fulfillment is.
In Luke 24:49, Jesus told his disciple that for them to fulfill their calling in life, they needed to stay in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from above. He calls it, “the Promise of My Father.”
Just like in the Parable of Talent that the Master gave everyone at least one talent - with instructions. God also gives everyone this promise. For various religious (or un-religious reasons), people choose to call it different names; purpose, destiny, calling, ministry, and so on.
However, this promise always comes with instructions.
Jesus gave His disciples the instructions to follow before they could step into their purpose, calling, and ministry in life.
Do you know the promise of the Father for you in life?
Do you know your purpose on earth?
Do you know your spiritual calling in life, or ministry?
Do you know the path way to get there?
Here are 7 pathways that could help everyone fulfill their purpose in life and calling in ministry. They are gleaned from the experience of the disciples at the Upper Room.
1. Trust and Obey
Do you ever read the instruction manual when you buy a new product?
Guilty. Right? Sometimes, the consequence can be fatal.
To the disciples, the instruction was to stay in Jerusalem UNTIL they received power from above. What is yours?
There is a promise of the Father in your life you need to discover. Only then can you know the instruction because the instruction always comes with the product.
Find your purpose. Believe it and obey it, no matter how little or impossible it seems.
A. Obedience comes with a cost: Pay the Price
- 120 disciples couldn’t return to Galilee after Jesus resurrection; they had to live together in one (Upper) room just to obey Jesus’ command (Acts 1:15). How convenient is that?
- How much of your freedom and comfort are you willing to let go just to obey Jesus? (Mar 10:21).
- There are things to leave and things to bring that will be costly in order to obey.
- Leaving lifestyle, relationship, habit, etc can be costly.
- Abraham left all he lived for, the disciples left all (Mar 10:28, Heb 11:10)
- You can learn obedience through suffering unto death (Php 2:8, Heb 5:8) or through resisting temptations unto blood (2Cor 10:6, Heb 12:4, 1Pet 5:10).
B Obedience must be Enforced: Deal with the stubborn leeches
- There are some habits, thoughts, friendship, life, etc that will not readily leave (Mat 17:21).
- You must consciously break and force them into obedience (Rom 8:5-11, 2Cor 10:5).
- Deal with your mind and body by denying them the sensual gratification they need through desires, lusts, and cravings (Eph 2:2-3. 2Cor 10:5, 2Cor 6:16, Jas 4:1-3).
- Even Jesus learned obedience through suffering
- Only if you are “willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land” (Isa 1:19).
- God hates disobedient people (Eph 2:2,5:6, Col 3:6, Deut 11:26-28).
- God can give a second chance just as He gave the disciples when Peter led them in disobedience (John 21:3).
Although, it was difficult and sacrificial, the disciples obeyed anyway. Always remember: “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” (1Sam 15:22b).