Thursday, March 24, 2016

You've Been Called!

Recently at church I said to the adult Bible class: “Raise your hand if you’re a Christian!” Every hand shot into the air with little hesitation.

Next, I asked something a bit trickier: “Now, raise your hand if you’re a minister!” 

People looked around awkwardly to see how others were responding. Eventually about a third of the class raised their hands—and then only timidly so.

How would you have responded? I hope you would have raised your hand with confidence. You see—as Christians we’re all called to be ministers.

The term “minister” has been professionalized in the church. These days only those with the “proper” training and credentials are typically referred to as being ministers. Most laypersons in the church associate the term with full-time preachers, pastors, or other clergy. This is regrettable.

1 Peter 2:5 (ESV) exclaims, You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

Wow—what a powerful statement! Peter is telling us that each and every believer is a part of God’s holy priesthood. In 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, the apostle Paul says all Christians are called to the “ministry of reconciliation.” Sharing the good news of the gospel is all of our responsibility.

Yes, you’ve been personally called into God’s service. The Lord has prepared a special purpose for you and has provided you with the necessary gifts and talents to fulfill your unique role in the body of Christ.

So, what is God calling you to do? If you don’t already know, pray fervently about it. Ask God to show you. Discover your purpose and ignite your passion. Christ is counting on you!

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