Whatever knowledge you have, you need to be known. Whatever gift or talent you have, you need to be known. To be known means that you are advertised.
God advertised some people in the Bible to show His call on their lives.
We shall see some cases to be able to understand and apply to our lives.
How would Joseph fulfil his calling to bring the children of Israel to the land of Egypt? He had to occupy a powerful position to be able to do this and he had to be advertised for the king to know him before he can have a great position.
His brothers were involved, Potiphar and wife were involved and the king’s servants being put in the same prison yard were a necessity to work out the program.
God arranged everything and it was a precision planned program.
Whatever vision God had given you, do not force it or use worldly system to carry it out. The one who gave you the vision will lead you on how to carry it out in details.
Joshua 3:7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.
Joshua 4:14 On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.
Moses the powerful leader had died. The people would want to see Joshua in the shadow of Moses, so God had to project him in His own way. The way they cross the river was unique and different from what they had ever seen before.
Whatever God had called you to do, do not premeditate how the people will accept you. Do not use the worldly method on how you will advertise yourself and wanting to force the people to respect you.
If God had called you, He will advertise you and proof to the people that He had chosen you and qualified you. Yours is to follow His bidden and He will glorify Himself in your life.
SAMUEL – 1Sam 7: 3 – 13
God used the great deliverance from the Philistines’ hands to prove that He had chosen Samuel and qualified him. What he did that day was beyond their understanding.
SAUL THE KING – 1Sam 11: 1 – 12
1 Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
Some people could not see the quality they wanted as a king in Saul. God had to prove to them that He knew what He was doing. God does not make mistake, if He had chosen you, then it is not by mistake or accident.
DAVID – 1Sam 17: 55 – 58; 18: 6, 7
1Sa 17:55 And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. 56 And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is. 57 And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.
When David was going to Goliath, he was referred to as a stripling but when he was coming back, he was referred to as a young man. Promotion had taken place.
1Sa 18:6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
1Sa 18:7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
After David had killed Goliath, the women met them with singing and praising for the new champion. God used the head of Goliath to advertise David and show him to the whole nation.
God may have to use the head of your Goliath to advertise you because He does whatever pleases Him.
When we look at Samuel, Saul and David, they had physical disqualifications that could make people doubt their leadership abilities. In those days, a king must be able to lead the people to war.
So, God had to prove to the people that whenever He picks anybody, He qualifies them.
2Ki 2:13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. 15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
God used the mantle of Elijah to advertise Elisha.
The sons of prophets were students in prophetic ministry and Elisha was not one of them. Normally, they would have thought that the next leader must come from them.
God is not bound by law or traditions so, He can do what is best for His work.
With the miracle of crossing River Jordan, the sons of the prophets bowed down and accepted the leadership of Elisha even though he was not part of them. He was new to the prophetic ministry while they had been in the ministry for years.
Your age in the ministry or where you are working is not the most important thing but the hand of God upon your life.