Friday, July 27, 2012
Called to Ministry?
Is all work sacred? Should every christian be involved in ministry?
I’m just a mother.
I’m just a painter, plumber, bank teller, waitress, photographer, teacher, musician, carpenter (Jesus was a carpenter!), homemaker, factory worker, etc.
If only I didn’t have to work I would have more time to really serve the Lord.
If I wasn’t stuck at home with all these children, I could be involved in ministry.
I wish I had a job that makes a difference in the Kingdom of God.
We are so deceived in Western Christianity. We see our work as less holy than the work of a pastor, Sunday school teacher, or missionary. We often struggle finding spiritual significance in our work because we view work as a curse instead of a blessing. We talk about particular christians that were called to ministry, but the truth is that ALL Christians are called to full time ministry! It all depends how we define ministry.
In God’s eyes, cleaning toilets for the church, caring for a sick child, serving nutritious meals for our family, waiting tables, doing any work however insignificant it might seem, is ministry when done for the Lord.
What if every christian performed their jobs as unto the Lord? What kind of difference would that make on society? To find a zealous, trustworthy, hard-working, grateful, loving, joyful, faithful worker is rare and is only possibly by the work of the Spirit in and through us! When we are asked by the world why we are different, we can point them to Christ! Tell them it’s Jesus you are serving, that your joy is from the Lord, and that He alone has given you hope and something to be grateful for!
Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering." Romans 12:1 The Message
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
We look at professions, but God looks at the heart:
Are you faithful to be at work when you’re supposed to? Are you faithful to do what you are being paid to do? Are you being faithful to teach your children the Word of God?
Integrity- Are you trustworthy? Do you steal?
Service- Do you serve other willingly in the workplace or grudgingly? Are you working for self-glory, men’s applause, or for God? Do you give your all or are you lazy?
For the people worked with all their heart.
Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Thankfulness- Do you give thanks to God at work or do your coworkers always hear you complaining and murmuring?
Communications- Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6
Dependance-Do you depend on God or your own skills and ability in the workplace? God wants you to be led by the Spirit every day of the week.
And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God. 1 Corinthians 15:58
God isn’t going reward us based on the name of our professions here on earth. He is going to reward us for our faithfulness in the work that He has called us to do, no matter what kind of work it was.
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
There is no profession that is more holy than others.
Some of us are teachers, some preachers.
Some homemakers, some bakers.
Some missionaries, some secretaries.
Some physicians, some technicians.
Whatever profession you are in, wherever God leads you, be faithful.
Your job title is NOT who you are! If you are in Christ, you are an ambassador for Jesus Christ living by the power of His Holy Spirit to make His name known to all creation and a beloved Child of God! That my friend, is no meager calling.