A Measure

READ: Ephesians 4:7-13

…think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Romans 12:3

Human beings long to create super-human characters who never make mistakes, never fail and never die. It is this inward desire in all men that has created characters like James Bond, Rambo, Superman, Demolition man, Batman and Spiderman, etc. But the fact that you are “called” will not turn you into any of these super-human characters.

Your calling is simply God showing mercy and leniency to you. Apart from this, your calling is limited. You have received only a measure of the Spirit. Your calling gives you only a measure of the Spirit and there are several other measures you did not receive. This means that there are several other gifts that you lack. Your lack of other graces will always limit you in the ministry . Your lack of other gifts will prevent you from being successful in certain fields. God has reserved those fields of ministry for others. This is a reality that we must accept.

This is why many great men of God are unbelievably deficient in certain areas. This is why some great men of God who are gifted in the miracle ministry flounder when it comes to administration and government. It is because they have just a measure of the Spirit. This fact alone forces ministers to be humble in spite of how greatly they are gifted. Notice how these Scriptures emphasize the reality of us receiving just a portion and not the whole thing. Only Christ received the full measure of the Spirit (John 3:34). You and I have just a measure of the Spirit.

By Dag Heward-Mills.