Serving Our Spouse in Their Divine Call

The young virgin, Mary, soon to be married to Joseph, received an unexpected angelic visitation that shared with her a Divine calling and anointing to fulfill a very specific mission for God.

“… God sent the angel Gabriel… to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph… The virgin’s name was Mary… ‘You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus… The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.”

~ Luke 1:26-35

We know that Joseph did not believe Mary when she told him about the angelic visitation and subsequent Divine assignment and anointing that God had given to her. An angel had to appear to Joseph and confirm what Mary had truly received from God. I think that with a story as fantastic as she had, I would need an angelic visitation and confirmation too!

Have you ever wondered how Joseph might have felt when he found out that in his marriage relationship his wife was going to be the one who had the primary calling and anointing from God for a special ministry, and that his role was seemingly less significant and secondary, relegated to “just” serving her and her child (one not his own)?

Joseph served with distinction. He loved and served Mary as his treasured wife, and he faithfully loved, served, and raised [with her] their virgin-birth-son, Jesus.

When you got married, where you assuming that you would be the primary ministry person and that your spouse would serve you and follow you in your calling? Have you instead discovered that your spouse is the primary one whom God has called and anointed for a special ministry, and that you have been called or relegated to “just” serve them?

Our personal value and worth in God’s eyes is not measured in how “big” our calling and anointing are for ministry. Instead, let us follow the example of Joseph who served with whole hearted faithfulness, love, and willingness to be a servant in accord with any of God’s callings. A servant with a towel in God’s house is 10,000 times greater than a weaponized conquering warrior in the devil’s world.

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Christ-Warrior Potential of Children

Every powerful Man of God and Woman of God throughout history started out as a child.

Your son or daughter [or even other children within your sphere of influence] as unlikely as they may seem some days, could very well be tagged by God for an incredible mission in His Kingdom.

Samson was just one of many whose lives are recorded in scripture that show how God, from even before the time of their conception, had prepared to use them.

“The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him…”

( Judges 13:24-25 )

Perhaps your children will be stirred by God to become:

  • A godly Parent to raise loved and nurtured children; or
  • A Business Executive to shine God’s light in a board room; or
  • A Preacher or Teacher of God’s Word in the church; or
  • A Nurse in an emergency room to care for those in life-and-death conditions; or
  • A Janitor in a school that needs a Prayer Warrior to intercede, praying onsite with insight, while working through the classrooms.

Never underestimate the Christ-Warrior potential of a child, regardless of their race, gender, or culture.

 

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Hearing God’s Call to Ministry

The Atmosphere for Revelation of
GOD’S CALL ON YOUR LIFE

“Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers…

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.'”

( Acts 13:1-2 )

Saul (who was later renamed Paul) and Barnabas had God’s calling upon their lives revealed while they were in an atmosphere that had the following characteristics, as read in the passage above.

An Atmosphere of:

1. Close proximity with established Godly Leadership such as Prophets and Teachers.

2. Ministering to the Desires of the Heart of God.

3. Sincere Humility and Subjection of the Human Will to God’s Will by Fasting.

4. Openness to the Speaking of the Holy Spirit through Human Agency.

5. Readiness to Engage in The Call of God.

Are you interested in knowing what God’s call is for your life? Consider putting yourself in the same atmosphere that Saul and Barnabas had entered into [and lingered in] and in which they eventually received a revelation of the Holy Spirit.

Food for thought. Thanks for reading, friends.

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