“You have to know, that the Vision of God for you is to make you a Leader with a difference and not a copy of somebody else. What God has for you is unique, the time that he will give it to you is unique and the way he will give it to you is also unique”
The word ‘Apostle’, in Greek Apostolos’, means one who is sent out with specific instructions to do the will of the person who sent him. In other words, it is the Man of God that knows who he is, knows what he has to do and where he has to go.
He has a specific purpose in life because God has called him personally. The office of an Apostle is the only ministry that does not need to be under another mentor because the Lord is his mentor.
The Apostle is a man who, before he has entered into the ministry, has made a life covenant with God knowing that where the Lord is, there he will also be.
“ If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.” John 12:26
The Apostle travels where the Lord sends him, always under the leading of the Holy Spirit in order to establish churches, support the believers and bring radical changes in the body of Christ, which is His Church.
The main characteristics of the Apostle are love and compassion, especially to the poor, the widows and the orphans. He is available for as much time as needed to see restoration, reconciliation and peace in the body of Christ.
“ For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.”
I Corinthians 9:19-23
The Apostle is not a beginner, but a man with experience and clarity whose advice is like a word of knowledge and wisdom to others. He is not frightened by the threats of the enemy because he knows that greater is He that is in him than he that is in the world. He knows that his life has no value of its own, but instead, he lives to fulfill the purpose of his life knowing how things will end.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
And because he is a holy man, the Spirit of God is working through his ministry.
“Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24
He is not concerned about his own personal financial standing, but for the prosperity of the people of God because God has provided everything he needs.
“Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge? I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you;” II Corinthians 11:7-8
The Apostle is that leader of God who has seen persecutions, trials and tribulations in his life and knows very well how to receive them as blessings, because he knows that God allows them to keep him humble and to bring much fruit.
“ Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
II Corinthians 12:7-9
He never forgets where God has taken him from and is always ready to confess what God has done in his life.
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me in to service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.” I Timothy 1:12-14
He knows the signs of the times very well. He is gifted in stirring up the church of God to be vigilant and prayerful before the on coming challenges, because we all know as people of the last days that the Bible says that much will happen to the Church of Christ and to the world.
“Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,”
II Thessalonians 2:1-3
An apostle has the love of God and the spirit of cooperation with other ministries, and because of that, the church leaders consider him their father and have great respect for him. God never gives someone the right to publicly scold His Apostle because “without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater” Hebrews 7:7.