One of the most frequent “encouragements” I have heard from pastors to those that are sensing a call to full-time vocational ministry is:
Don’t do ministry if you can do anything else…
I have made it a practice never to give that advice to people seeking my counsel. That cliché sounds good, but I am not sure it is practical, helpful, or even completely true.
For years, I resisted a call to ministry, partly because of this advice. The simple fact was that I could do some things besides ministry. I had some success in business. In fact, at one point I was extremely successful in my field. In my own strength, I found I could do many things.
What I could never seem to do on my own was find contentment. Resisting God’s call on my life for vocational ministry took me down numerous career changes looking for that one thing I was “supposed” to do. It wasn’t until I surrendered to full-time vocational ministry that I discovered what I was “designed” to do. I never knew contentment in my work life until God was my employer.
My advice if you are truly called to ministry is to do ministry, even if you can do something else. Nothing provides peace and contentment in life like obedience to God’s call on your life. For more thoughts on the call to ministry, click HERE.
Are you running from a call upon your life? Are you resisting something God is calling you to do?
The contentment you are looking for in life may not be found until you obey.
I think the humbling thing for me was the reminder that these are real people. I heard a couple of their stories. They have real stories too.
Sometimes I think we tend to forget that behind the bigger than life appearance a strong web presence gives someone are real people with real stories…and real problems and challenges to life.
That’s true for all of us…
That’s true for me….
The fact is that I blog a lot. (Some would say too much.) There may be the tendency to believe I know what I’m talking about sometimes….
…Sometimes I actually do…
…Many times its because I learned a lesson the hard way…
But with everyone that has an online presence, including in my case, it’s important to remember that the online presence may not be a complete picture of reality. We can seem to have it all together through our blogs…but behind the computer sits real people with real stories…and real problems and real challenges to life.
What’s your current problem or challenge? Do you clean it up well online?
We did a series called Hot Topic at Grace Community Church where people could text in their biggest questions about God, the Bible, life, etc. One repeated question was on discerning the will of God. You can watch that message here:
Can I be completely honest with you about something?
I don’t understand cancer. I hate it.
I know all about sin and how this world is corrupt and broken and how everything will one day be redeemed, but there is something mysterious and scary about cancer.
I have so many friends who have been affected. It’s rampant in my own family right now. I hate it.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Perhaps no other cancer has been so prevalent in our church. We have numerous breast cancer survivors at Grace Community Church. These women encourage me with their faith and resolve to not only fight the disease, but to make the world a better place in spite of their sickness. Some of the heroes of faith to me right now are these women.
This month our local Clarksville Family Magazine featured one such woman, Kelly Blevins. Kelly, and fellow Grace girl Lynne Woodson, have decided to use their experience with cancer to launch a local support group for other breast cancer patients. This type ministry fires me up, because it addresses real and practical needs. I want to be their biggest cheerleader!
Have you experienced the devastation of cancer in your life, either personally or with people you love?
Have you marveled at the faith of those with cancer?
Take some time today to pray for a cure, to pray for God’s comfort, and to pray for those families struggling with cancer.
You got to love (or not) the staff I work with at Grace Community Church. They put a lot of effort into their work (nonsense) sometimes. Now they are in the product design/info commercial phase of ministry. If we sell enough of these, we are buying a new building!
By the way, the only real way to rid your sin problem is through Jesus Christ. Don’t want to confuse the literal thinkers.