Ministry... are you called??... am I?
...and having asked that, I have never thought there was a question about it... if we are His... we ARE the called.
The answer is YES... each of us who belong to Him and want Him to be the Lord of our lives... is called.
My dad, and our son, were called to full time christian ministry and service, as ministers. I am no less 'called' as His child.
I remember my own mom and dad... the call of God upon their lives was clear...they both knew that and they answered and obeyed. But the harvest was often small, and looked like so little. Some of us have been there, maybe are there now.
No accolades, no applause, no real interest or even encouragement many times from a human perspective. And even worse, the desire and capacity for more of God among those even within the church, was many times so weak. By the world's standards, their ministry was not front and center.
I have such a different view now, now that they are both in heaven...
Maybe it's just that I am getting older, and my thinking is changing... but I am so sure that the jewels in their crowns is the fact that they were faithful to what God gave them to do... all through the years. Their vision and their passion for His purposes did not dim.
There are so many who are held up as christian heroes in our world today. Some of it is deserved, lots of it is not.
Here's what else I know...
My dad was the mentor and minister to many other ministers, some of whom are carrying out that vision God gave to my dad, and the work is thriving and flourishing in ways that didn't happen when dad was living. But it was always GOD'S work, my dad was just being obedient. My dad ministered... he didn't minister because of the feedback, but because His desire was to obey God..
My mom was the example and teacher to her 3 children and so many others that she ministered to, who now continue what she taught them.
I hope that this encourages some of you who may feel they are discouraged in what God has called them to. There are times when I... one of those not in full time ministry, but one who wants to do His will right where I am... feel so small, and maybe without much value in terms of His kingdom.
That is another one of satan's lies!!!
Before you and I were born, God chose us, created us, and His call has always been on my life, and yours.
One of the verses that was a life line in our home growing up was...
"Be not weary in well doing, for in due season, ye SHALL reap, IF ye faint not!"...
It's a promise I claim constantly, and for any of you who feels any of the above... it's your promise too!
There are so many faithful children of God, all over the world, who are living out their lives, both the 'called' and the untitled 'called' (me)... without always seeing the results their hearts have hoped and longed for... yet!
Don't be discouraged by what you may not see... STAND on what you know God wants you to do... the rest is His to perform, and that is His promise.
"Knowing this, that He who hath begun a good work in you, WILL perform it until the day of Jesus Christ".
Wow! I just read this over and it sounds like a sermon, if so... I'm preaching to the choir!