Am I Called to the Ministry?
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither do I consider my life important to me, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
How many times have you said or heard people say " I am not called to the ministry" or "I would love to, but I am not qualified to do it?" Well I used to dance to that tune. Before I came to know the Lord, I thought that only super natural people could do it. But do you know that you too can be that super human?
Firstly, what is Ministry? What are the conditions? What must I do to start?
What Is Ministry?
Ministry to me is the giving of one's self to help others that are in need. The funny thing is that you don't need money to start it. You don't need papers to say you are now able to do this. All you need is a desire to want to do this - and the Lord will do the rest. It could start by just being there for a friend who needs a shoulder to cry on and a supportive word to say "I am here for you no matter what." It could start by a giving of one's time to teach someone else's child to ride a bike. The opportunities are endless.
The Conditions for Ministry.
The self-satisfaction and enjoyment of seeing others benefit from your help.
How to Start in Ministry
Well, it all starts with a desire placed there by the Lord and an action to get the ball rolling. What do I mean by this? Well what I am going to do is to use myself, to show you.
It all started the night I gave my life to the Lord. I gave the Lord license to use me in any way possible for the extension of His Kingdom. It did not happen overnight, but slowly I started acting and doing things I didn't normally do. I started wanting to do things to help others that had never been there before.
So I approached someone who could confirm it to me and could help me develop into what the Lord wanted me to do. This also meant that all my weaknesses and failures had to be dealt with and overcome. It is not easy and some times I think maybe I should just give up, but the Lord is always there to give me a comforting word and a helping hand to get me back on track again.
How did I start? I started by giving money to people that were in need. Now I am not talking large amounts, but I gave what I could. The greatest thing was as I gave, the Lord started giving back. You see when you do unselfish things and expect nothing in return, the big Daddy is so proud of you he gives you more than what you gave. Now I am not talking of things you can noticeably see. It might be someone else doing some thing for you. You just need to be open to see it.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use it shall be measured to you again.
Now what I am going to share with you I am not doing for self praise, but as an inspiration to show you that you to can do a good turn for others.
I obtained a whole band of musical instruments. The only problem way the only musical instruments I play are my Tape recorder and CD player. At the time I really had a burden to play bass guitar and as it so happened that was one of the things that was given. It was a red Washburn bass and man was it beautiful. It was my pride and joy.
Then one day as I was praying I felt the Lord say to me that I should give these instruments to a couple my wife knew. The funny thing was I had never met them before. So I asked my wife to please get in touch with them and offer the instruments to them. Well she did and to my joy they where in need of instruments.
You see as it turned out, they were two weeks away from opening a new Church and were praying for the very things I had. Now not only was this a provision for them, it later turned out that my pride and joy (the bass) as hard as what it was for me to give away, turned out to be an answer to another prayer.
One of the sons of this couple was praying for a 'red Washburn bass guitar,' which the parents could never have afforded. It wasn't easy to give it away, but if I could go back I would do it all over again. I not only heard right, but answered two prayers in one. Is the LORD NOT GREAT !!
Well HE is great, because He answered my prayers. He opened up the opportunity for me to go into full time ministry. I was not only given a brand new bass, far better than the one I gave away, but I now also have the time to learn to play it.
Now this is my plea to you today.
Seek your heart and listen to what the Lord wants you to do and start that small thing that could lead you to greater things. Who knows, it might just be what you always dreamed of? You see I started small and as I grew spiritually the Lord could trust me with more.
I would also like to add that each case is different and will take a different course for you to reach your goal. Just be open to the Lord and be willing to learn and do anything possible to be more effective. To some people it might mean Bible Training at a later stage or like me to have a helpful and willing leader to teach me what he has learnt.
I pray that this article will bless you and help you move into what the Lord has in store for you. I also pray that the Lord bless you on your path as he has me.
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