“As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them” (Acts 13:2)
In maintenance shops, you deal with a lot of paper work. There is a form for everything from tool inventory forms to lock-out, tag-out safety forms. It can get quite overwhelming if you do not possess good administrative skills, and if you are not a well-organized person. There is also a form called a “Work Order.”
A Work Order is filled out by the particular department within the facility dealing with a maintenance issue, and is then passed on to a clerk to be logged on the computer. From there, it is issued to the proper maintenance supervisor to carry out the task at hand.
In the text above, “the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” As members of the Body of Christ, we all “…are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). The Holy Ghost will lead and guide us to do that which is well-pleasing in our Heavenly Father’s sight, if we have an ear to hear.
The Apostles could not understand why Jesus must go through Samaria; but He gave them the answer by saying, “…I have meat to eat that ye know not of. … (34) My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:32, 34). Here in the fourth chapter of John, Jesus was given a Work Order by His Heavenly Father; and Jesus always did that which was pleasing in God’s sight (John 8:29). He fulfilled the task which was at hand; and by doing so, many believed, because of His words and deeds.
There was a great revival going on in Acts Chapter 8, when the Spirit said unto Philip, “…Go near, and join thyself to this chariot” (Acts 8:29). Philip was given a Work Order. As one of my brothers in Christ rightly pointed out to me, nobody else could fulfill this Work Order. Only Philip was equipped for the task. Only electricians can do electrical work, and only plumbers can do plumbing. So too was it with Philip. He was an equipped Evangelist who was given a Work Order to evangelize the Ethiopian.
Have you received a Work Order by the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus from the Heavenly Father? If your answer is no, I would like to bring you to remembrance of Matthew 28:19-20: Jesus said:
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
We have all been given the Great Commission from our Lord Jesus Christ; so let this be an encouragement to you today to fulfill your Work Order. Souls are at stake.