There are many examples in the bible of God calling someone for a specific purpose. Some examples include Moses (Genesis 3:4-10), who was chosen by God to help bring deliverance to His people Israel, Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5-10) who was called to be a prophet unto the nations, and Paul( Acts 9:15 ) who was chosen to preach to the Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel. These men didn’t just wake up one day and decided that they were going to make a living by doing these things. To the contrary, none of them sought out their positions, but God sought them. Fast forward to today and there are many who have the exact opposite attitudes when it comes to the work of ministry. There are those who have truly been called into full-time vocational ministry, but there are countless others that made a career choice that sounded appealing and their motivations are wrong.
Psalms 127:1(KJV), says “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” So those that are in full time ministry that are relying on their own strength, intelligence and abilities are doing so in vain. No wonder so many quickly become disillusioned and burned out.
Those that would argue the point of this article would ask, “Aren’t all Christians call to ministry?” The answer to that is yes, we are all blessed with spiritual gifts that God wants us to use in ministry. None of us should be spiritual bench warmers but, not all Christians are called to ministry full-time as a vocation. That being said, we all have a sphere of influence in which we are called to minister (families, neighborhoods, workplaces, etc.).
There are many today who are in the ministry without the calling of God on their lives. They’ve chosen a vocation, a way to make a living. Perhaps some may have dreams of pastoring a mega church, being on televisions, and developing a cult following. Nowhere in that mindset is the idea of servant hood and denying self. So many in ministry are hung up on titles and the accolades of man. I shake my head at the number of people who decide to appoint themselves and give themselves big titles such as prophets, apostles, bishops, and so on.
A true minister of the Lord is a servant and not merely a hireling. John 10:12-13 (KJV), describes the heart and intentions of a hireling. “But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.” One of the reasons that the organized church is in such disarray these days is because of these wolves in sheep’s clothing. They care more for their pocketbook and bottom line than they do for the souls that have been entrusted to them. They haven’t been truly called into ministry; instead they view it as a career and a way to generate personal income. They care nothing for those of the flock and when trouble comes, they will sacrifice the sheep to save their own hides.
On the other side of the fence, are those of you who have been genuinely called into ministry by God and have ignored that call. Many have ignored the call because it conflicts with their goals and dreams for themselves. The idea of ministry doesn’t seem exciting or as rewarding as the corporate world would be. Let me remind you that the choices that are made in this world will have eternal consequences both for yourself as well as others. Imagine standing before Jesus someday and learning that many souls were lost because you chose not to answer the call of God. You chose yourself and your own comfort over obedience to your true calling. Or imagine a life time minister standing before the Lord only to learn that his true calling was to be a small business owner and was shown the countless lives that would have been saved had he been obedient.
If you think that you are being called into ministry, have you fully surrendered to what God wants? The real calling may be on the mission field in a third world country, but you want to be on staff at a church so that you will have a more comfortable lifestyle. Also check your motivations for wanting to choose this path. Is it really a call from the Lord or just personal ambition? Perhaps your real calling is to the marketplace to make a difference in the secular world. Whether you are called into fulltime ministry or to minister within your sphere of influence, the important thing is for you to be living in His will for your life. When we stand before our Lord the words that each of us want to hear are, “……..Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord,” Matthew 25:21 (KJV).
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