Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on the Apostolic Handbook book by Apostle Colette Toach
1 Corinthians 4:9 For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure (NKJV)
Not a nice picture is it? One would think that to be in the highest ministry office in the church, that it means you get the most glory. Yet, somewhere along your training, you will learn to mop floors, clean toilets, and do everything everyone else does not want to do. It's not fair, is it? Yet, you will learn the most powerful lesson in your apostolic walk and it is this:
The servant of all makes way for the leader of all.
If you want people to submit to your leadership and follow you, then you have some lessons of your own to learn. So if you find the mop in your hand and dirt under your nails, I would say that you would be in a good place to fulfill your apostolic calling. I told you before that the apostle's training comes in obscurity and I was not kidding! Not only will you find yourself hidden from view for a few years, but you will find yourself in the lowliest positions, doing the tough jobs.
Consider the kinds of things that Jesus' disciples had to do, fetch the water, feed the people, find places to stay. They even organized a venue for the next "Disciple Conference" in the upper room. It does not sound very glamorous, does it? Yet, those same apostles could stand up on the day of Pentecost and lead 3,000 to the Lord, so I think they had something going on there. Three years of servanthood released a powerful team that shook this world.
Do you want to be the great leader? Then, learn first to be the servant of all. Not only is this the most vital phase of your training, but it is also the foundation you will base your ministry on. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to serve, because herein lies your apostolic calling.
The Rod of Aaron
Sign 4 - Willingness to Follow
Aaron has a willingness to follow and pay the price. I am really amazed at this sign. I look at the price that he paid, yet he still had a willingness to follow. When God puts this in someone’s heart, you can be sure that it is in their heart, because there is a desire in human nature to be the “hot shot”.
I only need to put all the children together at the ministry center in San Diego to see how much all of them want to be in charge and have their say. It is in our flesh to want to be in control and to lead.
Yet, God supernaturally puts a willingness to follow in the heart of Aaron and he truly desires to follow. He wants to be with someone that has the pattern so that he can feel secure.
He has a hunger to find a leader that he can respect, admire, and contribute to. This is the price that he paid all the way through. He stuck to Moses like glue. Wherever Moses went, he went. He was the first to go up the mountain with Moses too.
He had a relationship that Moses did not even have with Joshua. They even died on the same mountain. I find that so beautiful. They lived together, travailed together, and died together.
When I look at the rewards of this relationship, yes you do firstly get to build a foundation for the church. However, for me personally, the greatest reward is the relationship that is formed between the two.
You get to have somebody at your back that you can lean on and take the land together with. You laugh together, cry together, and die together and you know that everything that you do counts and it is for a purpose.
This relationship in itself is worth its weight in gold, if we can just find our place in it.
Sign 5 - Prepared to Commit
Not only is Aaron prepared to follow, but to commit as well. It is one thing to follow a leader and another thing to commit to them. I see in Aaron, especially those that God has brought to me, an unbelievable ability and desire to really commit and see things through to the end.
They are loyalists. They like to be loyal and stick it through. If you are not any of these characteristics, but you are sure that you are meant to be an Aaron, then be sure that by the time God has taken you through your training, you will have all ten of these points.
You may not have all of them now, but God will shape in you this heart that I am talking about. Aaron has a willingness to commit and to stick through no matter what. When Moses failed, Aaron still stuck with him no matter what.
There may have been a little bit of golden calf going on in there, but we will talk about that later. However, for the most part, Aaron’s heart was always in the right place. It was always with Moses.
Excerpt from The Rod of Aaron by Colette Toach
- Can you identify when the Lord led you into obscurity.
- How do you handle situations where you have to serve and be "last in line?"
When this happens, PRAISE! This only means that your apostolic training is underway.
In no uncertain terms, Aaron knew what it meant to serve. Perhaps while reading the short excerpt on The Rod of Aaron above, you felt that you were reading your life story. Could it be that the Lord has called you to be an Aaron Apostle? Find out by listening to The Rod of Aaron MP3 Download.
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|Lesson 5: Establishing the Blueprint: Your Mandate
As an apostle, the Lord has truly called you to do something impossible. Your office is not to be fulfilled by human hands and does not rely on what you can do, what you have seen, or what you have accomplished but by the power of the Holy Spirit. What vision has the Lord given you? Are you the vessel that can accomplish this vision? Learn in this lesson about the mandate that has been engraved on your heart, that the Lord has called you to accomplish, and the reality of what that will actually entail.