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1 Corinthians 12:28 (NET)
And God has placed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, gifts of healing, helps, gifts of leadership, different kinds of tongues.

Jide wanted, by all means, to be an apostle because he believed the calling of the apostle is superior to all other calls. He gave himself the title of apostle even though He knew the Lord was not calling him into that assignment. He got himself into a lot of trouble because he was doing ministry without the sanction of heaven and thus exposed himself spiritually.

Many ministers have stumbled because they are going about the kingdom work with a worldly mindset. They want titles because they think those titles have more glory than others. They commit ministry transgression and build with hay and straw instead of building with Gold and precious stones(see 1 Cor 3:12-15).

Ministry transgression is when a minister of the gospel leaves his post of duty to do another assignment in the kingdom he is not sent to do.

What today’s Bible verse reveals has been argued to mean the order of appearance of these ministries and not the seniority or superiority therein. The first ministry that the unbeliever comes in contact with is the apostolic ministry. Those that God sends to be missionaries into territories usually go there with the apostolic mantle. Apostles are sent ones– they are groundbreakers, they bring the gospel into new territories and spheres. Next is the prophetic office. This is the office that wields the power and preaching dimension. Deliverances are wrought through this grace. After this, then the teaching dimension.

Most people God sends to make disciples in new territories will work in these three dimensions. They will be sent with an Apostolic mandate, preach and demonstrate the power of God, and will teach new disciples in the way of the kingdom.

Go into today asking the Lord to help you fulfill your ministry and increase on every side.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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