By Patrick Hawthorne
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.