The work of ministry is great work which requires the anointing of the Holy Ghost to do. It is truly not work for the faint-hearted and the shallow rooted but for those who are anchored, grounded and rooted in the word of God, and in their faith in Him. It requires a lot of sacrifices of daily taking up your cross and following Christ regardless of what the masses are doing, it requires self discipline of constant prayer, fasting, authentic worship and praise, it requires having a passion for lost souls, it requires forfeiting certain unhealthy desires that you may have had and above all it requires you to have a firm conviction in your heart as to your calling for ministry. If not, then every wind of storm that blows your way will cause you to give up and give up on the many souls whose lives would have been saved and blessed because of you. Yet the most important aspect of ministry work is the motive and the heart with which it is done.
Often we tend to look at the outward appearance of ministers and make significant conclusions about their calling. Yet, truth be told not all do it, do it with the right motives just as with the sons of Sceva. There are some who just come into ministry just because of the “appeal” it gives, or they do it because someone else is doing it. Such people see the “Pauls” of our generation and see that “God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul” [Acts 19:11, KJV]. They see it and wonder why they too can’t do it too because after all they feel they may be better educated, be more well-spoken and speak in greater tongues than the Paul they know.
Remember that even though many are called, only a few are chosen and this is for a reason. Those chosen are men and women whom God can trust to be humble to not abuse the great authority he is placing in their earthen vessels. Such Pauls have a certain grace upon their lives to function in the calling to which they have been called, which you may not have (at the moment). Don’t be in a rush to get the mountain top when you haven’t even scaled the mountain base of ministry, because with great authority and power comes great responsibility which you may not be ready to handle yet. Therefore, you need to take time and get anchored and rooted in the word of God and in your faith. You need to take time to serve in the house of God and learn extensively from the Pauls because “he who is faithful in little, will be faithful in much” [Luke 16:10].
Don’t be like the sons of Sceva who without any power and authority “took upon them, to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, we adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth” [Acts 19:13, KJV]. Yes when we become born again we are given the authority to cast out demons and do wondrous signs. But it doesn’t come automatically but requires your faith to be strong to believe the Word of God, stand upon it and claim/declare it in Jesus name for yourself and not “by Jesus whom Paul preacheth”. Also, be patient for God’s timing and try not the usurp the authority of the Paul in your life because you think you have “arrived”. When the appointed time comes for you to be established in ministry, no one can deny it or stop it even if they want to. If you doubt, ask Saul about His relationship with the shepherd boy David.
Unfortunately for sons of Sceva, their end was not a pleasant one because the Bible says “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so they fled out of that house naked and wounded” [Acts 19:15-16, KJV]. This is what prematurely trying to assume spiritual authority when it is not time can do to you; it can bring about disgrace. It doesn’t matter how men see you on the outside, the question is who are ye in the spiritual realm; a son of Sceva or a Paul? With what motive are you doing what you are doing for the Lord in ministry; for the furtherance of God’s kingdom or you are doing it because Paul is also doing it? The principalities, demons and powers know the difference between a Paul and a son of Sceva. Choose today to be a Paul by yielding yourself as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable before God to be used for His glory and trusting on His timing to establish you for His Kingdom’s cause.