I don't know why this is in my spirit to say this morning. But I am not looking for men and women who MAN has vetted. But I am searching for those who God has vetted.
I have yet to find anywhere in the Bible where a man was needed to vet God's chosen vessel. Those He has handpicked for a purpose.
The prophet Jeremiah was alone when God called him out and said, before you were born I consecrated you, I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. Wherever I send you, you shall go. All where I commanded you, you shall speak. Then. THEN the LORD stretched out His hand and touched Jeremiah's mouth and put His words in a boy's mouth. And then God said to Jeremiah in the absence of an another man. It is I. Let me repeat that. IT IS I who appointed you over the nations and kingdoms for the sole purpose to break, destroy, and tear down any and everything that is not of God and then turn around to build and plant for God's glory.
My God! My God! My God! The shame of man who thinks He can do any planning, building, planting, uprooting, establishing, and appointing without or in the place of God.
And we see this standard or protocol with other men and women throughout the Bible. God hand picks His servants, His leaders, those who have a certain destiny or purpose, for God's glory.
Now, there are instances where God would use His prophets to lay their hands on an anointed vessel. Such is the case where God used the prophet, Samuel, to lay his hands and pour oil on the head of David as a sign of God's appointment and selection (1 Samuel 16:12-13). But note! The prophet Samuel did not selected, chose, handpicked, appointed, nor vetted David as the king. If that was the case and if Samuel would have selected the king himself without the guidance of God, he would have certainly chosen the wrong king. (Compare to 1 Samuel 16:1-11). For Samuel was prone to the habits of man and was leaning to select a king that looked the part. But God corrected Samuel's way of thinking and selection process by saying, "do not look at his appearance... nor the height of his stature...." (1 Samuel 16:7). For the man Samuel would have chosen, God rejected. Every one of the men that Samuel thought looked the part and was suited for the role, God rejected.
It is God who vets a man or woman into their role, position, and or calling upon their life. And men, those who are currently in the position of leaders - whether that be a prophet, apostle, priest, bishop, or pastor. Their responsibility is to accept and receive those God has called. Samuel was God's prophet, a leader over God's people. And when God gave Samuel instructions that He was going to appoint a new king and He needed Samuel to go and lay his hands on him to confirm God's selection. What did Samuel do? Questioned? Hesitated? Sat back and watched to see if he heard right? Avoid David? Waited? NO! Immediately, Samuel got up, went to the house of Jesse under God's direction and guidance, and inquired about Jesse's sons. And as soon as God said, "arise, anoint him, for this is he" whom God has chosen! Samuel the prophet did exactly as God had said without delay (1 Samuel 16:13).
Oh, there is a distinct difference in the way men, leaders, vet, men and women in the Bible compare to the way it is done today. We are extremely far away from the council that is stated concerning the appointment of spiritual gifts that are in God's house. For 1 Corinthians chapter 12 states, it is God who wills our gifts. It is God who has placed the members, each one of us where He desires within His body. It is God who appoints (or may I say vets) individuals in the church. For He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, who knows all things and in Him whom we should trust His appointment that He has chosen (Vv. 11-14; 18; 21; 25; 28-30). Amen and Amen.
The word of the lord
When the LORD God gives a word, it is for the sole purpose to teach, reproof, correct, or train His servants - His Body, so that every member within the Body of Christ may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). For the LORD has given the Body of Christ apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip the Saints for the work of service, to encourage one another, and to build up the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).