How to Find Your Place (Office) in Christ


Not all Christians are saved to be preachers of the Word; every single one of us is assigned a specific place in the Body of Christ. Paul told in 1 Corinthians 1:17 that he was sent by Christ not to baptize but the preach the gospel.

This shows that some were specifically sent to baptize, some to preach the gospel, some to water the Word  that was sown in the minds (1 Corinthians 3:6), which, I believe, refers to the occupation of the pastor.

That doesn’t mean we should refrain ourselves from making people aware of Jesus if an opportunity presents itself, but this is not the primary occupation of many born-again Christians, like Paul also baptized a few though he was not sent to baptize.

In fact , in the Teachings of the Twelve Apostles we find it said that those who don’t understand the gospel shouldn’t preach it lest the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles; that this is the job of those who really understand the mystery.

So this shows that for some it is given the office to preach the Word, for some it’s given to water the Word, for some it’s given to teach, and for some – to prophesy. To some it is given to take care of the physical needs of the believers (Acts 6:2-4). A church would not be able to function if there would not be those who take care of its upkeeping either.

Choose your calling, not someone else’s

Choosing wrong calling in Body of Christq

The body functions at its optimal level when all members do what they are supposed to do, whether they are considered more or less honorable members. This applies to the Body of Christ as well.

If a nose would decide to do the work of an ear, this would cause confusion and the nose would not accomplish its God-given function, and the whole body would be deprived of its optional functioning as a result. It’s important for each of us to know our place in Christ so that the Body of Christ functions best.

It’s wrong to be seduced into copying some greatly anointed person because then you will end up neglecting your own special gift. You should not look outside of yourself for what to do, but examine yourself and pray to understand your own special and unique calling.

None of the occupations are worse than others; all are part of the harmonious whole of the body of Christ. In fact, it’s told in the New Testament that those who we consider lesser are more important than those we consider greater (1 Corinthians 12:22-24).

Therefore each office in Christ is honorable and good. Nobody should strive to get the part which is not appointed to him. Everyone should feel good in what they are supposed to do. Just because the position of a pastor is seen as desirable, that doesn’t mean that all should strive for it.

Only those individuals who are specifically called for it should become pastors; those who become pastors because they believe this occupation to be honourable or that it pays to be a pastor are causing confusion in the Body of Christ as they neglect their own calling and pursue that which is appointed to others.

This hurts everyone – the person himself because he leaves his calling unfulfilled and therefore cannot realize his potential; and by this selfish choice he hurts those whom he shepherds because he’s not called for this position and therefore cannot shepherd properly.

Not all are anointed to be pastors. To some is given only the ability to give to the body of Christ, for example, as we read in Romans 12:8, which means contributing financially or in some other way to the body of Christ; we also find this confirmed in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, where the servant that was given only one talent was admonished for not investing it so that more is made.

So we find a huge variety of offices in Christ, and all are good and commendable, if people produce fruit within them. Just because you are less anointed than others does not give you the allowance to do nothing about it, or to complain about it. All should do their best within their capabilities. Once we face the judgement seat of Jesus, He will not consider our excuses of being less anointed as valid reasons why we contributed nothing for the Kingdom.

How to find your office in Christ

How to know your office in Christ

In 1 Corinthians 7:20 Paul advises people to stay in the same callings that they had before being saved. Those who were servants are encouraged to remain servants, and so forth. I’ve found that most people are already in their appointed callings, and some only need to make adjustments to the content of their callings to be able to be useful for the body of Christ.

For example, I was a teacher before; what changed was what I teach about. Teaching is what I love and people tell me that I have the gift of teaching. That’s what happens when you are in your calling – people will acknowledge that gift. You will be able to naturally do what you are called to do. It will be your second nature.

For example, when I visit my family, I often find myself teaching them; I feel bad when I catch myself doing that, but it’s what I am built for, it’s so natural that I do this without a second thought. I even find myself teaching others in my thoughts, it’s just so in my nature.

That’s how you know which office is yours. It’s second-nature to you. Paul was zealous for the traditions of elders. And when he got saved, he was zealous for Jesus. Before being saved he was a well-known person in his religion. Later he became a well-known person for the Gospel of Jesus. So his calling did not change; just its content changed. He was already doing what he was built to do, which is being a leader in a religion.

When you are in your calling, you feel in your element, like fish feels in its element when it’s in water. You would remain in that calling even if you would not be paid for it. In fact, your life without engaging in that calling would be miserable. You feel joyful and fulfilled when you do it. You never get bored or tired of it, but it actually energizes you.

You find doing it in your spare time as well. That’s a great sign to know that you’re called to do what you do – that you are unable to separate it from your life. You cannot just forget about it on weekends, as it’s not just a regular job for you – it’s what you are called to do.

You are unique in your calling, because you don’t even need to learn its structure in most cases, because you naturally know it as it’s inbuilt.

You might be given a calling since birth – just change its content

Maybe all you need to do is to change the content of your calling

Maybe all you need to do is to change the content of your calling

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John Paul Jackson teaches that we are all born with gifts of God that are irrevocable. Those who don’t know God usually use those gifts for evil. For example, mediums have the ability to plug into the supernatural; but if they don’t know God they plug into the wrong channel! Those same people would be equally sensitive to the things of God, as that mechanism, that sensitivity, is in them already.

That’s why, I believe, the apostle Paul advised people to stay in the same callings. Because it’s very likely that you are already doing what you are supposed to do, and maybe only some adjustments to the content of what you do might be required for you to be productive for the Kingdom.

You might already be a leader, teacher, manager, and you like what you do. Now only the content needs to change; maybe you were a leader in a false religion; now only the shift to the Living God is required. Maybe you were a teacher of things that were demon-inspired; now only a shift to the teachings harmonious to the Christian religion is required. Maybe you were a manager or an upkeeper of some secular place, and you may, after being saved, choose to help out in a local church.

Paul also says that since we are bought with a price, we should not be servants of men (1 Corinthians 7:23); this suggests that your occupation should be producing fruit to the Kingdom; it means that whatever you do, that occupation should be within the Will of God for you, so that through it you serve God and not the lusts of men.

However, those who are called to do something unrelated to religion, like they know that their calling is to be a cook,  should contribute to the Body of Christ financially or at least morally. I know a lady in Nepal who runs a bakery, and when she goes to church, she always goes there with a bag of pastries – that’s how she does her bit to contribute to the Kingdom of God.

Do your best and don’t compare yourself with others

Be the best you can be and don't compare yourself with others

Be the best you can be and don’t compare yourself with others

We should do our best according to how much grace was given to us for our work (1 Corinthians 3:10).

This means that not everyone will be able to benefit the Body of Christ in the same degree.

Some pastors change the lives of thousands; some affect only a local community.

A mother may positively affect with her teachings only her children.

Not all are equally anointed, so we should do our best with the blessings that were given to us. God will not judge us by one standard we see pupils being judged in schools. Not all of us are the same. Our personal responsibility is to do the best that we can, and God will not punish us if we aren’t able to go beyond what’s given to us.

That doesn’t give us the right to be lazy, however. God knows our hearts. We should not deceive ourselves into thinking that we are capable of accomplishing less than we really can.

Work willingly to receive rewards

Only work done willingly gives rewards

Only work done willingly gives rewards

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(…) every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

— 1 Corinthians 3:8

An important thing is to work to produce fruit not because you have to, but because you want to! Because that’s the only way to get a reward for your work, as we read in 1 Corinthians 9:17.

And the greatest reward comes to those people who humble themselves in their occupations to such a degree that they become the servants of all (1 Corinthians 9:19).

This applies to all occupations, and not only to the positions of the upkeeper of the Church. Even the greatest pastor can be the most humble servant, if his message is tailored to help others instead of catering for his own selfishness.

When I watch the videos of John Paul Jackson interpreting dreams, I see a great example of what it means to be a servant. Even his humble body posture showed that. He was there to serve, and because of that many people were blessed through him. He had no selfish ambitions under his sleeve when he was teaching, and it showed, as his very presence was a blessing in those places where he was called to preach.

Work without love is dead

Work with love

Work with love

So those who do what they are called to do, and do it willingly, will receive a reward.

And the most important thing in your occupation is not your skill in it, but love for your brothers and sisters as Paul remarked in 1 Corinthians 13:13.

Now matter how gifted you are, without love you are nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2).

Without love you are like an empty vessel going through the motions of your calling (I’m paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 13:1).

Therefore whatever your occupation, you should do what you are called to do with love for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Today many people forget this most important point.

The purpose of various offices in Christ

In Ephesians 4:11-13 we find out the purpose of various offices within the body of Christ. They are there so that we all learn from each other until our knowledge is full and we are fully united. These various offices, if inter-connected, help the Body of Christ to mature. That’s why it’s so important to be joined with others in our walk.

For example, those who are doing online work, should connect with other born-again believers who do the same. This becomes a Church. We should overlook our differences and connect through brotherly love. This will vastly enrich us, because we would join the living organism that the Body of Christ is, rather than staying alone and deceiving ourselves into thinking that a separate eye or an ear can function well without being attached to the body.

There is a huge division in the Body of Christ now, and that’s why Christians do not mature. So I encourage all who listen to this message to overlook each others’ theological differences and instead be united in love for each other. Hate separates and stunts our growth. Love makes us more open which enables us to learn from each other and quickly mature.

The passage in Ephesians continues:

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Some warnings about what happens when you find your calling

If friends' suggestions do not agree with the Holy Spirit, don't be influenced by them

If friends’ suggestions do not agree with the Holy Spirit, don’t be influenced by them

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When you find your place in the body of Christ, Satan will try his best to take you away from your calling because that’s where your fulfilment is and that’s where you will really contribute to the kingdom of God (and therefore do the greatest damage to Satan’s kingdom).

First he will use people to try to remove you from that office by them being nice to you and maybe even being excessively interested in you. But their real purpose behind that niceness is to influence you with their suggestions so that you are led away from your calling, as those suggestions are contrary to what the Holy Ghost teaches you.

If this doesn’t work, he will use people to invest in you and then try to influence you through that investment – as though you are supposed to do what those people say because they willingly invested in you. If you would listen to them more than to others, this would make you a respecter of persons and this is abominable in the sight of God; this would turn you away from God and make you into a man-pleaser, therefore destroying your firm standing in your calling.

If this form of witchcraft fails to influence you also, Satan will move on to the final trick in his bag, which is to destroy your good name through slander. He might even try to physically kill you, but if you operate within the Will of God, God will keep you as long as He wants to keep you, so you should never worry about being physically assaulted.

However, your name might suffer due to the false accusations, but we are told that even this should make us rejoice, because it’s the sign that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus, since Jesus was hated before us, and all those who walk in his steps will be hated by the world as well.

For example, John Paul Jackson was severely attacked and lost his good name because of false accusations. However, this worked to his advantage because it made him more humble, and only through this humbleness was he able to be a real servant of God.

Therefore, what was supposed to be a curse, God turned into a blessing. As it is written:

(…) but the Lord thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the Lord thy God loved thee.

— Deuteronomy 23:5

Finally, when you find your place in the body of Christ, never compare yourself with others, because this will make you fall into jealousy if you witness other people doing a greater job in your calling.

Another thing that could happen is that you would feel disheartened if you compare yourself to those who do a better job. And lastly, if you compare yourself with others and you believe that you do a better job than them, this might make you proud, and pride is an abomination to God. Looking at the work of others produces other evils as well, such as a critical attitude and judgement.

Competition is not appropriate when you belong to the Body of Christ

Competition is not appropriate when you belong to the Body of Christ. We should love and build up one another, not compete against each other.

Therefore it’s better to focus on your own work and do it to the best of your ability, and when you witness others in the same calling, never compare yourself to them, but just bless them and wish them to become the best that they could be in that occupation.

People who disregard this advice are at risk of falling into the competitive mindset and the calling that God has given them becomes no longer about the kingdom of God but about them.

They start looking at the numbers of people that they influence, at how much money they make from their calling, at how they compare with others doing the same, and so forth.

So they take their eyes off Jesus, and focus on things of the world. As a result, their work becomes the work of straw that will be burned in the day of judgement (1 Corinthians 3:12-13) and therefore they will receive no reward.

To avoid this, let’s build of durable materials so that our work stands in the day of judgement. And this is only possible if we never take our eyes off Jesus, and do our work to increase His glory, His Kingdom, by producing fruit pleasing to God. Which means that whatever our calling is, we should labor not for our own glory, but for the glory of God.

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Comments

  1. Great article Simona. I have been asking God to reveal this to me, am not sure. I always like things to do with businesses, entrepreneurship and technology, however, am not sure whether this is my calling as am currently working for someone.

    I’m really looking forward to know my calling. All I know is that am always charged when am around people and I love people. All in all, I look forward to find my office in the office of Christ, and to serve Yahweh. thank you for an insightful article.

  2. Thank you, may more people find their calling by doing the work that is second nature to them. You are a great teacher Simona. Change the content of the work you do so it is in line with what God wants for his people, it means being grateful for your life as it is, then working from there. I love it

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