Even in my short time of ministry, I have had the opportunity to see a variety of things. One of things that I have noticed is that people who aren’t in ministry often don’t understand most of things that people who are in ministry often say or do. Here are some examples to help both the informed and uninformed get a clue…
#1 – I am called by God.
What in the world does that mean? People in ministry say this quite often, but very rarely explain what it really means. Sometimes those of us in ministry don’t even really have a clue!
Here’s what I know. When I was ten years old while in a Florida church, I heard the voice of the Lord audibly for the first time (it has only happened one other time). I can rememeber His voice as clear as day. He spoke and said, “I want you to be a Pastor.”
God has chosen a group of people across the globe to lead the church. It doesn’t make us any better than those who aren’t “called.” It simply sets us apart.
But not only can God call you into ministry, he can call you to be a Doctor, a Mailman, a Construction Worker, or even a Garbage man. Even though He has chosen a group to lead, He has called all of us to minister, no matter who we are or where we live (The Great Commission).
#2 – I have a burden for lost souls.
Wait. Didn’t Jesus say, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” ? He did, yet some of us still take on the weight of the world.
We truly care for those who are lost. Our number one desire (at least it should be) is to see lost and dying souls come to Christ. We want to see them fall in love with God and grow in Him through the help of the local church.
It is the thing that is always on our list: every year, every season, every day. We can’t leave it alone.