Hebrews 5:4 NIV “And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.”
Fivefold ministry -apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors and evangelist- (Eph.4:11-16) has been reduced to a career choice in common society. Many people talk themselves into being a minister because of their love for God or because a person of influence in their life said it will be good for them. The next step then becomes for them to go to a Bible college or seminary. While going to a Bible institute to study theology and ministry is good because it equips you as a good Christian, it does not make one a fivefold minister.
Each person has their own special place in God’s plan and purpose. One cannot desire another person’s calling if it defers from God’s own agenda for his or her life. The fivefold ministry office is an office that one must be called to, because “…no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God…” So a strong desire, or being anointed by a respected leader do not satisfy the conditions of being in fivefold ministry. These ministry offices are the leadership offices of the universal church, and require a conviction from within, and an approval by God.
Recall in Numbers 16, when Korah, Dathan and Abiram stirred up a contention by the people against the leadership of Moses and Aaron, they were judged. In Numbers 17 God asked the leader of each tribe to bring a rod that was kept in the tent of meeting. God said, “The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout” (v.5). The next day it was clear to everyone that Moses and Aaron were the one chosen ones because not only did Aaron’s staff sprout, but it ” budded, blossomed and produced almonds.” (v.8)
Scriptures to Meditate: 1 Pet 5:1-14 , 1 Tim 3:1-16, 1 John 2:27, Heb 13:17