Does delay mean I’d forfeit God’s call?

Q:- As pertaining to the call of God on the life of a man,  is there a time factor as regards when he must step up to the task; I have heard teachings that suggest that if one doesn’t answer immediately,  the assignments may go to someone else… Need your clarification.

A:- Well, throughout the Bible, we see remarkable patience on God’s part when it comes to His call on people’s lives. Think of Jonah. He tried to run away. God disciplined him but spared him. Most people whom God called had one excuse or the other why they shouldn’t go. God patiently assured them all. Also, I discovered it is better to be slow than to be presumptuous. It’s okay to spend enough time praying about God’s call and getting proper clarification instead of jumping off unprepared or without full assurance of the call.

Q:- Does age play a role in stepping into an assignment?

A:- Generally speaking, it is maturity that counts and not age. God used children youth and adults throughout the bible.

Q:- Does God determine when,  or he leaves that to me and my level of preparation?

A:- God always has a time. You can slow yourself down by poor preparation. It doesn’t mean God never had a time in mind.

Q:- Is it possible,  that God passes someone by,  if He does, what happens to the person later on?

A:- Yes. If a person is not ready to work for God, other people will. It’s that simple. But there is always work to do. A person who kept resisting God’s call (which is a terrible thing to do any way) can repent and get on with the assignment immediately. However, he would have lost a lot of rewards for work left undone.


Q:- Does the success of my assignment on earth determine my placement or Honour rank in heaven?

A:- There is clearly a reward for effective ministry in heaven. Paul even used sport races to describe our rewards for ministry works. He said: “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” 1 Cor 9:24

Q:- What exactly should the “sinners’ Prayer” look like?

A:- I’m not aware if there is a pattern outlined in scriptures… So when I minister the gospel to someone and he or she yields to the power of God,  WHAT I say in order to lead him to Christ,  are specific things that must be said

– For a man to be saved, he must hear and believe what Christ has done- His death, his burial, his ascension and its efficacy for the salvation of mankind. When a man hears these and believes, he is saved. The preacher might still be sermonizing when this happens, but as soon as the necessary information is communicated and received with faith in the hearer, salvation becomes the result. This is what happened as Peter preached Jesus in Cornelius’ house. “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.” Acts 10:44. We know that the infilling of the Spirit was proof that their faith had been sealed and that they were saved (see Ephesians 1:13-14). Alter calls ‘may’ be necessary so people can be witnesses and give the new convert the accountability and support he or she requires. But, alter calls are not a necessary requirement. At least we don’t see many examples of it in the bible (if there are any at all). This is why you will not see a ‘sinners prayer’ in the bible.  Yes, the bible says “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:10. Confessing here is deeper than speaking. The Greek word translated as ‘confession’ is homologeo. It means to ‘assent to’ or ‘subscribe to’. The idea here is that you hear about Jesus and from that moment, you begin to follow him trusting his word. Sincerely, this can happen with or without an alter call. It ‘might’ be helpful to have people come forward to profess their faith, just for them to have a defining moment they can reckon their faith to have begun. But really, if you preach right, the people who come out for an alter call are actually already saved if they believed what they heard. If you must take them through a confession, it can simply be a summary of the gospel’s message. “I believe that Jesus died for my sins and was raised back to life for my justification. By my faith in him, toady I am reconciled to the father eternally, and by the Holy Spirit, I am a new man altogether, recreated to do good works for the glory of God”.


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Pst. Emmanuel Iren

Pastor Emmanuel Iren is the Lead Pastor of Celebration Church - a fast growing church in Lagos Nigeria Africa. He has a passion for helping people grow and 'go'.

Comment ( 1 )
  1. Okechi
    June 10, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    This was really an enlightening and engaging post, In fact I love your explanation to the question on the sinners’ prayer.
    Thank you so much sir.

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