God’s Mandate for You!
— Olu Taiwo
“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
Romans 11:29 KJV
“For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]
Romans 11:29 Amplified
Have you received God’s mandate for your life? If so, are you walking in it? In every generation God raises men and women to champion His cause. He arrests their attention and then charges them with a mandate. A mandate is simply:
an authoritative command; an authorization to act given to a representative….” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
Some have been used to convict the Church to holiness. Many others were used by God to voice the power of God to heal the sick. They brought a strong awareness of the realities of the Kingdom of God. Yet others inspired the Church to be expressions of the Wisdom of God in government and in the realm of business. In the midst of many echoes God always has a voice. In other words, the one with the mandate becomes a voice that can not be ignored. When God calls you, He does not ask for your opinion or advice. He calls you and you must respond!
God called Smith Wigglesworth (who was an uneducated plumber) to charge people to an ever-increasing faith in God. He was one of the many people God used in the early part of the 20th century to set the tone for the revival in the Pentecostal movement. He had a faith in God that defied explanation. Many notable miracles were documented in his ministry. There are even confirmed reports of the dead being raised to life.
Smith Wigglesworth repeatedly said:
“If you leave people as you found them, God is not speaking by you. If you are not making people mad or glad, there is something amiss with your ministry…”
When God calls a person He usually does not give prior notice. He simply invades the individual’s existence and summons them to be His voice.
Such was the case with the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah was minding his business when he got this summons:
“Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
“before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jeremiah 1:4,5 KJV).
Paul had his own agenda on the road to Damascus when he encountered the living Savior. God called him and redirected his steps. Paul obeyed that call and the Church has been blessed throughout the centuries by his writings.
Esther answered the call that saved a whole nation. Mary answered the call that brought the Savior into the world.
The list goes on. The only reason we can mention these distinguished persons is that they answered the call of God on their lives.
Isaiah heard God ask a question that triggered a response from his heart:
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8).
You will only be remembered by God for your answer to His call. You will only be rewarded for your response to God’s call.
Every man who answers the call of God becomes a marked man. God blesses him and satan takes note.
Characteristics of God’s Mandate
- It is a Holy calling.
- It is usually bigger than the individual heeding it.
- It will depend on 100% obedience.
- It reveals God’s plan for the individual He calls.
- It is redemptive in nature.
- It will require total surrender.
- It is accompanied by God’s favor.
- Some other person’s destiny will be positively affected by it.
It is time for the people of God to answer the call of God and be the voice that cannot be ignored!