March 6, 2017

Why You Should Say Yes When Asked if You've Been Called to Ministry

As I was ministering to a high achieving entrepreneur who understands what ministry is, it occurred to me that many people do not, including ministry leaders.

What is ministry?

The word "Ministry" comes from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning "to serve". So, when people ask if you’ve been called to ministry, (to serve) you should say yes.

In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people, in His name.

Jesus provided the pattern for Christian ministry—He came, not to receive service, but to give it (see Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17).

Christians should serve or minister by meeting people's needs with love and concern on behalf of Jesus. (see Matthew 20:26; Mark 10:43; John 2:5,9; Acts 6:3; Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Colossians 4:12).

How do we do this? With the skills, gifts and calling given to us.

In Owning Your Gift and Your Calling I wrote, God's work involves different people with a variety of gifts. Every one of us is called to perform our own special role with the gifts God has given each of us.

Service is a ministry ordained by God, that no man can take away or deny its expression.

Today, western culture views and understands ministry from the lens of their religious organization. Some organizations understand the biblical meaning of ministry, unfortunately too many do not.

Here’s a revelation: Pastors are not the only ones who are called or involved in ministry, and ministry can be both spiritual and practical things. Ephesians 4:11, Luke 16:9

If you believe otherwise, then you view ministry from the eyes of man and not the eyes, mind and heart of God.

What is practical ministry? It is the study, skill, expertise and learned knowledge that prepares each of us for effective service or ministry, both within and outside of our faith communities.

God not only equips those He calls, but He also calls those He equips.

Paul was equipped before he was called. He served by using his training and background in law and theology to spread Christianity. This was his ministry.

Moses, Joseph and Daniel were called before they were equipped. They became leaders in a royal court serving Kings. While serving, they gained skills and knowledge that were both beneficial to the kings they served, as well as others.

When you study scripture through this lens, you’ll realize God uses a person’s skill and talent for His higher purposes. Luke 16:9, "Use your worldly resources to benefit others". 

We are called according to the gift and grace of God, to minister to the physical, emotional, mental, vocational, and financial needs of others. Jesus did all these, how much more should we?

Rather, your serving is expressed via a 'church' setting, at work, business or in your community, it's a ministry and it is uniquely yours.

When you use your skills, gifts and calling to serve God and others, you are ministering, and it is ministry.

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