My family and I attended a church for the second time this past Sunday. Their youth group had just returned from their summer missions trip. A few of the students were sharing testimonies. I was amazed by some of the wisdom pouring out of the mouths of these young people! Such a blessing to witness!
One of them, a boy about 16, shared how it was during this trip that the Lord confirmed that He was ‘calling him to ministry’. When he said this the people in the congregation assumed it meant he was feeling led to become a pastor.
Now, before I go any farther, I just want to say how incredibly awesome it is to see this high school student’s desire to live his life in service to our God. That he is seeking God’s will for his life, discovering his gifts and how the Lord wants him to use them ~ and he has the confidence to stand in front of his church and his peers and confess it!
What I hope he understands is that he does not need to hold the office of “Pastor” to be in ministry! That calling happened the moment he gave his heart and life to Jesus.
In my opinion, it appears this is a mindset in which some of today’s church is living. First, in order to be ministers of the gospel we must first receive some formal qualification or recognition. Second, that ministry only happens within the walls of our church buildings.
My dear friend, this could not be farther from the truth.
We are His ambassadors! 2 Corinth 5:20
We have all been given the ministry of reconciliation! 2 Corinth 5:11-21
When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, that moment when we became citizens of His kingdom and received the Holy Spirit we were given spiritual gifts (1 Corinth 12) ~ that is the moment we became qualified and called to the ministry!! And for many of us, most of it takes place outside the four walls of our church.
If we think of people in the Bible who were called to minister the gospel, probably one of the first people we think of is Paul. Very little of Paul’s ministry was confined to the temple walls. In fact, much of it happened while behind iron bars (Phil 1:12-26).
So I hope this young man, feeling called to the ministry, realizes that he can be a minister and a pastor ~ at his school, on the football or baseball team, hanging out with his friends at the mall. It’s not something he has to wait for. His calling is now!
The same is true for you and I. Because we have the Holy Spirit and His kingdom dwelling within us, and because we have the commandment to go into all the world to make disciples of nations ~ we have officially been called and qualified for ministry.
Are you are a stay-at-home mom or dad? You are called to be a minister in your home and in your neighborhood.
Are you a working father or mother? You are called to be a minister in your home and at your workplace.
Do you work in real estate? You are called to be a minister to your clients.
Are you a student? You are called to be a minister in your school.
Are you a song-writer? You are called to be a minister through your music.
Are you a blogger? You are called to be a minister to your readers 🙂
I believe ministry is a lifestyle that He desires we all walk in.
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a minister of the gospel in your everyday life?
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