Who God has Called, He Equips

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Has God called you to a certain task in which you feel extremely inadequate? I sure hope so. I know that this is a rather odd thing to write but I ask for a particular reason.   You see, when we have success, despite our feelings of inadequacy, we are able to point to the Lord in true humility and say, “Father, You are my source and my strength.”  Some reading this may think, “Well, that sounds really good, but how do we know that it is God’s power working in us and not something that just happened?

There is an interesting word in the New Testament that is used over five-hundred times in over five-hundred verses. This word is POIEO (Poy-eh-o) which means to make or do. In light of its definition, I realize that it does not sound very interesting, that is until we come to one little verse in Mark 3:14.

Then He (Jesus) ordained (POIEO) twelve, that they should be with Him and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons…”  

                                                    (Mark 3:14-15 KJV parenthesis mine)

Did you notice that one word, ‘ordained?’  This is the same word, POIEO, which again means to make or to do.  When reading the verse and replacing the word ‘ordain’ with its Greek counterpart, the sentence will read, “Then He MADE the twelve that they should be with Him and that He might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons…

What is interesting is that POIEO, when spoken by the Lord, carries with it the power and the authority of the Lord.  In other words, when Jesus ordained the twelve, He sent forth His power with them; He equipped them for the task at hand…He took, for lack of a better term, ‘nobodies’ and MADE them into ‘somebodies.’

“Well…That was just for the disciples.  That does not apply to me.”

Unfortunately this is a common thought among many born again children of God.  Fortunately, it is a thought that can easily be corrected with a little knowledge from the written Word. In Ephesians 3:20 we read, “Now unto Him that is able to do (POIEO) exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the POWER THAT WORKS IN US.   Wow!  Did you get that?  Our Heavenly Father made His power to work in us at a level that is far greater than anything we can think or ask.

You want more?  How about Matthew 13:23, “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces (POIEO) some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.  When you submit to Jesus, not only as your savior but your Lord, He imparts His ability in you to fulfill the task He has called you to…some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.

Now, take a walk over to Revelation 1:6, “…and (Jesus) has made (POIEO) us kings and priests to His God and Father…”  Do you now understand the impact of who you are in Christ Jesus?  You have been made a king and priest with the accompanying power.  This is NOT just a nice saying but a powerful reality.

If Jesus is your Lord, you have been ordained.  You have been called and you have been equipped.  No, you may not be called to the fivefold ministry, but if you are faithful in the area He has called you to, He will ensure that you are MADE to be sufficiently supplied (graced) to fulfill that calling.  Be blessed.

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10 comments on “Who God has Called, He Equips
  1. dawnlizjones says:

    Terrific. And needed for me in an upcoming situation in a few weeks. Also, who are we to say that such “making” was only for the first century church; are we in any less need of such power today for His kingdom? Thanks for this encouragement.

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    What an encouraging word, Patrick, and much needed at this particular time. Bless you for this my friend.

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  3. SLIMJIM says:

    ” No, you may not be called to the fivefold ministry, but if you are faithful in the area He has called you to, He will ensure that you are MADE to be sufficiently supplied (graced) to fulfill that calling.”
    Amen!

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  4. Steven Sawyer says:

    Excellent thought here Patrick: “when Jesus ordained the twelve, He sent forth His power with them; He equipped them for the task at hand…He took, for lack of a better term, ‘nobodies’ and MADE them into ‘somebodies.’ ” What an encouraging message today. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless.

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  5. Loved it. There is a popular teaching in my area churches that says that God will call you to work in areas you are not gifted in, yet they also have you take tests to find out what your natural giftings are so that you can know where God has called you to serve. Sounds contrsictory. But I have found that God has called me to write because he have me that natural gift. However, I have absolutely nothing worthwhile to say or the courage to say what He tells me to say without Him. Both the natural and spiritual gift are from Him. But the second makes it easier for others to see His power.

    My kids and I have been talking about this as they are teens and trying to discern what God has for them as a future job, etc.

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    • Hi Heather… I totally agree with you on the writing. I can definitely tell when I’m writing for Him and when I’m writing for myself.

      For your children, sometimes knowing what we are to do can seem a bit difficult. I adopted an approach quite a few years ago that has worked out well for me. I call it the funnel effect…and yes I stole the concept from a friend. If you don’t really know what your gifting is or whatever it is that you think you would like to do, just jump in the funnel and do whatever your hand finds to do.

      As you know, a funnel is wide at the top but narrows down to the point where the substance in it drops into the location it was meant to be. Jumping in the funnel is like walking in faith. By trial and error, God will direct them to what is best suited for them and to a job that they will love and not just tolerate.

      An example of this was when I was looking for a ministry in which to volunteer. I tried children’s ministry but did not like it. I then tried other ministry areas, but just did not feel like I belonged. One day, I went on a prison ministry trip. As soon as the door slammed shut behind me, a peace came over me that I knew was from God. I spent nine years at the same prison before I was led elsewhere.

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