Apostle. Prophet. Pastor. Evangelist. Teacher.Words that spark an immediate sense of awe, whether knowingly or merely somewhere deep within the shadows of our subconscious. These words leap from the pages of Scripture attached to names such as Paul, John, and a famous Nazarene named Jesus.
It’s easy to become transfixed on titles and labels, while completely forgetting the essence of who we are, and why we were created to live on this planet in the first place.
Every single one of us were fashioned in the image of our Heavenly Father. We bear a striking resemblance to the Creator of all things. We are forever sealed with his watermark. We were created to display that image to the entire world.
I was thinking about this the other day, and realized that many people, whether they admit it or not, are intimidated by titles. There is a belief that just because someone doesn’t wear the mantle of Prophet, God can’t speak through them. Just because they aren’t ordained, they can’t preach the Gospel. The list goes on and on.
That kind of thinking is nothing more than the enemy playing mind games in the hope we will never discover our true identity.
Think about it. Look who Jesus chose to be His disciples. Some of them were fishermen. Brash. Uneducated. Most likely illiterate.
I absolutely love Acts 4:13. It says:
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
No education. No training to be evangelists. They didn’t have to spend countless hours being groomed for ministry.
There was one vital ingredient that formed them into brazened men of God. They had been with Jesus. They spent three years in the presence of the Messiah.
I’ve said this before, and I will say it again. I never went to seminary, didn’t even go to theological college. I don’t have a degree in Theology. I write what God puts on my heart. Some may think it’s BS, others may find truth in my words. Whether or not you agree with me, we are all the stewards of our own hearts.
I’m not here to force any beliefs or convictions down your throat. When you read my articles, read them through the lens of Holy Spirit. Let Him be your truth meter.
To be honest, I don’t want a title. I am perfectly content with being called a Christian. A Christ follower. That keeps everything simple. It’s a slippery slope when we start seeking after titles and accolades and stop seeking after righteousness.
The amazing truth is that the Holy Spirit encompasses the entirety of the gifts. Prophecy. Healing. Teaching. Miracles. Discernment. Words of knowledge. Anyone who is born again and filled with Holy Spirit has the full capability of walking in any one gift at any time. There are no exceptions.
They key is submitting ourselves to God, denying ourselves daily, and allowing the Spirit to move through us.
I don’t believe we have to focus on a particular gifting. We don’t have to chase after any one title.
We’re sons and daughters of God. The miraculous is just a by product of that relationship.
Matthew 16:17-18 says:
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
If you’re a Believer, there is your job description. Jesus didn’t say these things are only for apostles, prophets, and preachers. They are for Believers.
I’m not saying titles are bad or un-biblical or anything like that. I’m