Call to Go Beyond Our Calling
Wade E Taylor
"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able
to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith
we ourselves are comforted of God" II Cor 1:3-4.
Many within the Body of Christ, who are struggling with a
personal problem or need, have been un-intentionally hurt
by another Christian through their well- intended, but misguided
opinion or counsel. After being misunderstood and deeply hurt,
these wounded Christians draw back and refuse to again expose
Gradually, these hurting Christians begin to feel justified
with their reaction and become critical, blaming others for
their problem. Finally, they are found alone, having withdrawn
from fellowship with the Body of Christ: lonely, hurting,
bitter, and as a result, crippled - limping along in their
There is an urgent need (right where you are), for quality
ministries to reach this hurting segment of the Body of Christ.
However, there is a price that must be paid in order to successfully
enter into this ministry. Those who are burdened for, or desire
to minister in this area of critical need they must be willing
to subject themselves to "dealings" that are specially
required for their own spiritual discipline and growth. These
special dealings are necessary so these "specially prepared"
ministries will be able to relate, with sincere heart compassion
and "experienced" wisdom, to those who have been
wounded and hurt. Only then can these wounded Christians be
Since these especially arranged "dealings" are
beyond anything needed to produce their own spiritual maturity,
each one who desires to be used in this ministry must give
the Lord specific permission to take them through the necessary
"trials and tribulations" that will prepare them
to relate to the needs of these wounded and hurting Christians.
A ministry to these can only come through one that has been
reduced by the Lord to having a meek and quiet spirit (I Peter
In the Garden of Eden, the enemy told Eve that if she and
Adam would partake of "The tree of the knowledge of good
and evil" they would gain the right to be "as gods."
That is, they would be able to choose for themselves what
may be right or wrong (See Gen 3:3-5). They partook and died
spiritually, loosing their relationship of total dependence
This right that was gained in the Garden of Eden, to choose
between good and evil, remains with us, even after our sins
are forgiven and cleansed through the blood that Jesus shed
in our behalf upon the Cross. Apart from a total commitment
of our lives to the Kingdom, in which we submit our self-life
to death upon the cross and make the Lord Jesus Christ our
King, we continue to live and function on the lower level
of the "knowledge of good and evil," attempting
to rightly choose the good and reject the evil. Many times,
we fall short of true understanding and not only come short
of His best for us, but hurt the spiritual walk of others
through our sincere but faulty counsel. Only when we make
Jesus our Lord, will He make the decisions for us.
The Lord recognizes this right to choose for ourselves, that
Adam and Eve (we) gained in the Garden of Eden. He will not
cross this line unless we give Him permission to do so. If
any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take
up his cross, and follow me" Matt 16:24. The "if"
in this verse tells us that we must die to our right to choose
for ourselves, and choose to submit our will to Him. Otherwise,
we continue in our own ways.
When I came to understand this, I prayerfully gave back to
the Lord my right to do as I choose, judging what is good
or evil. Then, I unconditionally submitted my life to His
Lordship, and began to look to Him to make these choices for
me. When I made Jesus the "Lord" of my life, I gave
Him the right to work within me, or to deal with me, as He
chooses, for whatever purpose He may have. The Lord has, over
the many years that I have made Him Lord of my life, done
within me many things that I have not liked or understood.
However, I have (slowly) learned that these things were either
for my eternal good, for His higher purposes, or to prepare
me to minister to others, especially to those who are wounded
and hurting. I yet marvel at the patience of our Lord.
The dealings that He will take us through for this purpose
are apart from, and completely different than any need that
we may have within our own lives. However, our willingness
to go through these experiences will qualify us to become
an instrument in His hand, to help and encourage another in
a way that could not happen through any other means. Whenever
we complain to the Lord about the things that we find ourselves
going through, the Lord will remind us that we gave Him the
right to do this, when we submitted our lives to Him and made
Him our Lord.
There is great satisfaction, along with a sense of purpose
and attainment, that comes with this. "He made known
His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel"
Psalm 103.7. Moses paid a price for what he knew and understood.
Therefore, he had a different relationship to God than Israel.
We are to "Comfort them that are in any trouble, by
the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God"
2 Cor 1:4b. This means that we are qualified, or enabled to
help others, because of the help that we ourselves received
from the Lord, when we were "caused" by Him to experience
a similar circumstance.
The comfort that we received from the Lord will help us to
better understand the frustrations and hurts that others experience.
We will be able to impart to those who hurt, an understanding
of the way through. Also, our having gone through a similar
experience will keep us humble. It will cause us to realize
that we have no right to judge or to be critical. It will
give us a spirit of compassion towards those who are hurting.
Only after the Lord has set in our path a divine arrangement,
through which He faithfully brings us, will we be able to
understand the tribulations of another. Only then will we
be able to minister the needed healing to these wounded spirits.
We must recognize that very often the things we go through
may be for the benefit of another. If we fail to see this,
we may react and fall short of becoming a vessel prepared
to help others through their tribulation.
We are only qualified to minister to others after we have
been tested and proven to be faithful; otherwise our ministry
will become harsh and vindictive. As we are taken through
His dealings, we come to understand His ways and are able
to apply these principles to the lives of others.
A Christian who has been through the dealings of the Lord
will minister out of a broken and contrite spirit. Through
such a ministry, many will be drawn closer to the Lord and
restored to fellowship with the Body of Christ, as they are
inwardly healed of past hurts and wounds.
The need is urgent, are you willing to leave your place of
comfort and go "further?