Jul 29th, 2018
Hello and welcome to episode eighty-four of The Berean Manifesto brought to you by The Ekklesian House. This is Pastor Bill and over the next ten minutes or so were going to finish our 3 part series on “Killing Giants and Taking Names” with part four - the epilogue of the series, “When You’re Not The One Called.”
Over the last three episodes we’ve followed David in 1 Samuel from being anointed to be the king of Israel by Samuel on through to the death of Goliath focusing on how that story relates to the calling on our own lives. It’s a great series of teachings and I was really excited to make it. However, every step of the way the question kept popping up in my mind, “What about the people around David who weren’t called?” It does occur to me that those around David did have callings of their own, everyone is called to something.
Though, it can be hard to identify your calling and what your role is in that calling or in the calling of others. Basically there are six roles (Could be more, could be less. But, we’re going to focus on these six roles.), that exist in and around callings from the Lord and each of these are callings in and of themselves, they are; Doer, Backer, Luminary, Energizers, Influencers, and Intercessors. In this episode we’re going to talk about each of these and I expect by the end of this episode you will have identified, or will at least be much better equipped to identify which category you fall into and can get brainstorming on how to move in that calling.
The first category, “Doer,” these are the folks in the mud getting stuff done. These are missionaries, inventors, entrepreneurs, authors, things like that. These are people like David who have a clear cut call to action in their life that leads to a very tangible and visible calling. It’s easy to look at the people walking in these callings and fall into the temptation to assume that it’s either that kind of calling or nothing. Folks in this position are usually what we would label as extroverts, they’re outgoing, they’re in charge of the situations and always seem to really be on top of things. It looks like they’ve got it all put together.
Next, we have the “Backer.” When walking in their calling, the backer has this deep seated belief that they have money for almost the sole purpose of supporting the vision and callings of others. Without backers the influence and scope of most doers vision and calling stays small and may fizzle out before it ever gains any momentum. These are the people who will literally put their money where there mouth is when they say they’ll support your vision. The backer tends to be business owners or those in high or respected positions within the workplace.
Number three, the, “Luminary.” These folks create inspiration in others triggering eureka moments that birth vision and passion in others. Think Gandhi, Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, Pastors, Youth Pastors, you get the idea.
Then there are the, “Energizers.” An energizer is someone who recognizes the calling of someone else and adds fuel to their forward momentum by acknowledging what they see. Anyone can be an energizer at any time without much effort, but it takes a true calling to look into the eyes of a stranger, see the calling of the Lord on their life, and stick yourself out there to speak it out.
Fifth are the, “Influencers.” These folks are people in positions of civil service that sway opinion and governmental policy towards creating norms where those called can walk in their calling with ease. Think President, Congressman, Senator, Governor, Judge, Mayor, etc.
Last, but certainly not least, is probably the most important role, the “Intercessor.” These are the people who are in communication with God almost non-stop. They have given themselves over to constantly bringing things before the face of God. They cover the doers, the backers, the luminaries, the energizers, and the influencers in prayer creating a hedge of protection around them and opening doors in the supernatural that make a way in the natural for their favor and forward momentum.
Not all these roles are represented in the timeframe we’ve been talking about with David in this series, but let’s take a look back at this same section of scripture and identify some of these roles around David and some areas where some were primed to step into one or more of these roles and just straight missed it.
We started the series with Saul being rejected by God as king of Israel so that seems a good character to start with. As king of Israel Saul should have been walking in all 6 roles of calling, but he missed the mark and the Holy Spirit leaves him. He’s tormented by an evil spirit and David is summoned to play for him to soothe his soul. Saul had this prime opportunity to walk in the role of energizer here, he could recognize the calling on David and call it out, but he doesn’t. Surely, someone who is walking in the role of king can see the calling of king on someone else. Saul spends lots of time with David never recognizes that call on his life. David kills Goliath and Saul gives David immense wealth, and makes his father and his whole family exempt from taxes for the rest of their lives. Without really even knowing it Saul stepped into the position of backer for the king that was going to replace him when he died. He became a backer for David’s calling.
Then we’ve got Samuel, who originally anointed Saul as king and when God rejected Saul he goes in search of a new king. God sends him to Bethlehem in his search, to the house of Ruth’s grandson Jesse. As a prophet in Israel Samuel operated in the roles of luminary, influencer, and intercessor. He shows up and creates this eureka moment for David igniting this massive change and passion in his heart. Then he goes into hiding in seclusion as to not be killed by Saul for anointing a new king. We know though, or at least we have reason to suspect, that he continued walking in the role of intercessor where David was concerned. The main evidence of that being really summed up in one question, “Who recorded these stories about David’s rise to, and time as, king as told in 1 and 2 Samuel?” Samuel did, right? He didn’t just play a small role and peace out. He kept intimately connected to David and his calling the whole time.
When David heads to the battlefield to take food to his brothers and get a report on how they are doing for his father, David’s brother Eliab gives him a hard time for showing courage in the face of the giant, for having the audacity to claim that he can take down a giant that Eliab is too afraid to face. Eliab could have chosen to partner with his brother, could have looked him in the eye and encouraged him to follow the passion in his heart and added momentum to his calling. Eliab could have pledged his metal to David and followed him out onto the battlefield. Eliab could have offered to use some of his inheritance to back David by buying him some weapons and armor that David could use against Goliath. Even pledging to lift a prayer to God for David wouldn’t have costed Eliab anything and he could have partnered with David from that point on.
After the head of Goliath was removed everyone on the battlefield on the Israeli side joined with David in support of his calling, and they all reaped the rewards of that partnership. When you join with others in their calling you reap the rewards of their success. When you partner with them from within your calling you reap the benefits and the satisfaction your calling affords as well. Who knows, one day you might write something that is considered inspired scripture or accomplish something so great they’ll still talking about it over two-thousand years later.
This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”