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We continue our series on the profile of a minister. This series looks at 13Ms of a minister. So far, we have looked at maturity, manners, motives, mentorship, methods, marriage, money, morality, message, marks and ministry distinctiveness. Today I want us to look at the 12th M, which is Making of a minister.

God is a God of process. He is also a God who prepares people before using them. God doesn’t use untrained vessels. As a matter of fact, before God sets you in your main assignment, He will take you through a process of training, teaching, equipping and transformation. Let’s look at the following scriptures to understand the process.

Genesis 2:8
The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had FORMED (NKJV)

Isaiah 43:1
But now, thus says the Lord, who CREATED you, O Jacob, And who FORMED you, O ISRAEL……(NKJV)

1 Kings 6:7
And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone FINISHED at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built (NKJV)

The first scripture is talking about God placing Adam in the garden. But notice that it was the FORMED man who was set in the field and not the CREATED man. Adam was created in Genesis 1:27, but God didn’t put him in the field till he had been Formed (Genesis 2:7-8).

There is a difference between creation and formation. These two words can be used to explain the process one goes through before God sets him in an office.

We see from the second scripture that Jacob was created but Israel was formed. The transition from Jacob to Israel was a process. Jacob received a blessing from his father Isaac (Gen 28:1-4). On his way to Laban’s house, he met God who also reiterated the promise He had made to his fathers (Gently 28:10-22). After that, he spent 20 years serving in Laban’s house (Gen 31:38) where he endured cheating, betrayal and disappointment. Later he encountered God in Genesis 32:22-28 and through that encounter, his name was changed. So the transition from Jacob(created) to Israel (Formed) took quite a long time, at least 20 years.

The third scripture is about the building of Solomon’s temple. All the stones that were used were worked on and shaped to size in the quarry before being set in the building. Because of that, they fitted perfectly and there was no noise in the temple because no tool was used on them.

Putting them all together, this is what it means. Before God sets you in the fivefold ministry office or your main assignment, God will take you through a process for you to be fully formed and shaped. Then God will set you in your field or set you in your unique place in the building. In that case there will be no ‘noise’ in the temple. There is too much ‘noise'(character defects, insecurity, pride, inability to submit to authority, indiscipline, covetousness etc) in the Church today.

The reason is that there are a lot of unfinished stones occupying leadership positions in the church, most of them because they are gifted. Being gifted doesn’t make you a fivefold ministry office holder, the same way knowing how to use a hammer doesn’t necessarily mean you are a carpenter.

Rick Joyner once said “one problem with us, the church is our uncanny attitude of accepting weak leaders’. The standard for leadership in the church is high and should not be lowered. Just having the call or even going to Bible school is not a reason to think you are an Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor or Teacher. You need to be fully FORMED. Go through God’s mill till He has thoroughly dealt with you and shaped you for your unique assignment.

I personally believe you will be in the kingdom for at least 20 years before God sets you. It could be less depending on how fast you learn. But few people in the Bible made it in less than 20 years. Lord have mercy on us and give us grace. Amen.

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