John 1:29-31 “The next day he (John the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”
Not even Jesus Christ operated in his call without first being recognized by the established spiritual authority of his day. John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus ministry preparing the way for the messiah to fulfill his call as the suffering saviour. John the Baptist knew what his calling was = to reveal the Son of God to Israel. Jesus calling was affirmed and it released Jesus to pursue the call on his life.
Affirmation of the call is only the beginning but it’s an important element of the call journey. I’ve observed that people can easily become a law unto themselves and try to fulfill their call on their own, without the affirmation of established spiritual authority within a local church. Jesus did not follow this model but went to the ministry God was using at that time. If it’s good enough for Jesus, it should good enough for us. There is a powerful release that comes when spiritual leadership affirms someone’s calling.
I’ve also observed, on the other hand, that people can get so excited about being affirmed that they fail to realize that affirmation is only the beginning. Affirmation is important but just because you’ve been affirmed in your call doesn’t mean it ends there. A one-time prophecy or word of knowledge about your call doesn’t validate your call but is simply a guide-post along the journey of walking in your call. Don’t run out and start making bold declarations about your call just because you’ve received a prophecy. Let it be established by the mouths of 2-3 witnesses who represent spiritual authority in your life.
John the Baptists assignment was to activate Jesus in his assignment to bring salvation to the world. John pointed his generation to Jesus and this affirmation was the catalyst to Jesus being released in his calling. Seek out spiritual leaders who you can share your heart with about the call of God on your life. Submit the call to the process and allow God to affirm through established leaders the authenticity of the call. Don’t just run out and try to do it on your own but do it in partnership with others. Your call is too important to be aborted early in the birthing process simply because you failed to acknowledge the affirmation of spiritual leadership.