Some of the most spectacularly gifted people in the Church world are those who have never had a strong or specific sense of calling into ministry. You might ask how such people have gone forward in ministry. These folks consistently report they responded to the calling they saw in the word of God. They became convinced through the Scriptures that God has already called all Believers into ministry, thus they felt activated.
Some things in life don’t require much guidance in order to step out to get started. Sometimes we don’t need any further clarification other than what God has already offered us in Scripture. For example, we know that it is God’s will that we pray (still we need to be empowered to pray effectively). We know it is God’s will that we give financially to the causes God stands behind and is sponsoring (still we need to be led by God with wisdom so we know how to give intelligently). We also know it is God’s will that we evangelize the world–that every last one of us who are a part of his Church is involved in a heartfelt way in extending his kingdom on Earth. Still, we need his inspiration about how we are going to do that with the utmost of intelligence and insight.
I have met numbers of uninvolved people over the years that were not involved in the task of evangelism or any sort of outreach who felt guilty about their lack of obedience. Instead of acknowledging their lack of involvement as a simple fact, they felt obligated to go negative on others who are committed to outreach. One of the most common points of reasoning I have heard is this: “God hasn’t spoken to me about evangelism…” One of these sorts recently told me, “I am amazed at how little the Bible says about evangelism and ministry to the poor.” I couldn’t believe my ears! I immediately retorted several long sections of both the Old and New Testaments that speak in great depth about God’s heart for the poor and the Lost. To that this person said, “Yeah, whatever…” Amazing!
He said, “I am amazed at how little the Bible says about evangelism and ministry to the poor.” I couldn’t believe my ears!
If we all waited for special orders to start reaching out to the Lost and the Poor very little would be accomplished in the Name of Christ. Amazing calls into ministry are rare. Your calling and mine are found in the pages of God’s everlasting Word. Let’s get to work!
Originally posted 2011-03-25 13:44:34.