In the world but not of it

December 25, 2009

This is where you are called…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

If I were doing this on my own initiative, I would deserve
payment. But I have no choice, for God has given me this sacred trust. What
then is my pay? It is the opportunity to preach the Good News without charging
anyone. 1 Corinthians 9:17-18

Paul knew exactly where and what God had called him to. He
did not have doubts about his calling. He had several challenges and trials and
also joy and victory but no doubts when it came to the calling on his life.

In the church today there seems to be a struggle that people
continuously battle with around ministry, or rather “full-time ministry”.
Somehow we have come to believe or have been influenced to believe that being
in ministry means that we must be serving at our church and that our vocations
or involvement in things outside our church don’t really qualify for ministry.

Often you will hear people express this by saying that their
desire is to one day resign from their present vocation and career and work
full-time for a church or Christian organization that is committed only to
bringing the gospel to others and nurturing them in it. This is a worthy
endeavor indeed if it is what the Lord has specifically called someone to.

We place unnecessary burdens and pressure on ourselves about
where we think we belong and in the process become ineffective for the kingdom.
While it may be true that someday God will call some of us to leave our present
careers and go work full-time for the church we need to stop in our tracks
today and recognize that we are in ministry now. We are full time workers now
for Christ whether we are bagging groceries, making software, selling clothes
or doing whatever we are presently involved with.

We can still serve the Lord in our churches, be involved in
ministries and do other Christian service while we earn a living doing what we
know to do in the world.

That is neither a sin, a form of rebellion nor a misplaced
calling. Most Christians actually fit that description. The work of the Lord is
funded by “working” Christians that earn their living in the world.

If you desire to work for the church or another organization
full-time then pray without ceasing, trust the Lord in it and ask Him to either
deepen that desire if it is from Him or to completely remove it if it is not so
that it does not become a distraction.

But through it all know this…you are a full-time missionary
in the place you work therefore be effective, seek out those that God wants to
reach and make an impact by the way you live and the way you speak.

Nehemiah was a king’s cupbearer, Joseph was the COO of Egypt
and Moody started as a shoe salesman…

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