“And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained 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 devils:” (Mark 3:14-15)
The purpose of ordination in the church seems to have become a misguided phenomenon as, apparently, it has been misunderstood and misrepresented in some quarters within the christian circle. Ordination is simply a call into ministry or into the service of God either full or part time. One of the areas that has so much been bastardized today in the Christendom is the area of ordination. The uncontrollable, unhealthy and ungodly rush into misguided ordination is alarming and still on the increase – men of God carrying and answering titles they cannot defend. Ordination is the call of God upon a man for specific, clear-cut purpose and assignment but today in the christendom, the reverse is becoming the case. This is very worrisome.
A lot of self-acclaimed ‘men of God’ who had turned themselves to ‘God of men’ today, from the point of view of their unholy conduct, had actually seemed not to have been called by the Almighty God but looks like they have been called by another god called ‘the belly’ (…whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things” – Philippians 3:19)
“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;” (Titus 1:10-13)
Mark 3:13 says, “And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would”. The New Living Translation renders it, “…and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him”. Verse 14 of the same version says, “Then he appointed the twelve of them and called them his apostles”.
It was Jesus himself who called them out among many in the first place and it was Jesus who also ordained them as apostle. So, it is God Himself who calls men he chooses into ministry and also gives them assignment “according to their several ability”. But today, men run into ministry without a specific call and purpose, and then christen themselves with any title they deem fit. Little wonder such ecclesiastical misfits who are not appointed by God end up disappointed and disqualified.
Matthew 10:1 rendering the same scripture in Mark 3:13-14 says, “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power…” So then, who gives power? It is God of course! And power is defined as the ability to do work. So, it goes to say that power is not given or released unless there is a divine assignment leading to the need for the use of power, which is the ability to do the work the called is sent to do (Luke 10:1).
Likewise, no man can receive power until it is given, “and he gave them power”. This is the reason why these religious opportunists who had not been genuinely called into ministry go about seeking for power – the ability to do – where there is none. They understand that, haven’t not being genuinely called of God who alone possesses the prerogative and monopoly of power (Psalm 62:11), suddenly come to realize that they really need power to do the works listed out by Christ such as healing sicknesses and disease, casting out devils and unclean spirits, hence they therefore, resort to seeking for unrighteous and clandestine power from the dark places of the earth just for them to be relevant within the sphere and committee of acclaimed ‘powerful men of God’.
One of the main purposes of being called out or ordained and, perhaps, the most important of all is for fellowship, or intimacy, or relationship with the Ordainer or Caller.
In Luke 10:39-42, Jesus comparing two personalities, Martha and Mary, who are more or else part and parcel of the ministry of Jesus, recommended Mary’s aspect of the ministry because she had discovered the secret of success in ministry by doing the needful, which is sitting still and listening to God’s word, instruction and direction first before getting unnecessarily cumbered about much servings unlike her sister Martha. Even though Jesus might not have rebuked Martha’s service or commitment, but he frowned at her misplaced priorities. Jesus was indirectly saying to Martha, “Martha, fFirst thing first…don’t misplace priorities”.
“And Jesus ordained the twelve…”, first, that they might be with him, then secondly, to serve! So, intimacy with the Master first before service. But when ministers of God, the ordained, the called out, the assigned, turn this logic on its head by putting service first like Martha instead of intimacy with the Caller and Sender, frustration tends to set in, even though there may be a genuine call of God upon the ordained.
So, in essence, the major purpose of ordination is intimacy, then followed by whatever service the caller is called to do, which continues to include preaching the gospel, exercising dominion (with power given during fellowship and interaction the with the master) over demons, the devils and his cohorts, ministering healing and deliverance to the sick and the oppressed, and so on.
Isaiah 61:1-3 prophesying about Jesus, summarizes it all. That having been with the father and now the Holy Spirit released unto him just like the day of Pentecost (intimacy), the anointing (power) has now been released to preach the good tidings, that is, to work and to serve.
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” (Isa. 61:1-3)
You’re blest and highly favoured!