Exponential #3: Called to Ministry
Typically when we hear the word, minister, we think of a pastor or priest, but are they the only people called to ministry? The Great Commission does not specify that only pastors are supposed to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:18-20) Then in Ephesians 4 the Scripture say,
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds (pastors) and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” – Ephesians 4:11-16
We are all a part of the body of Christ and all are called to minister to the world.
Reaching people with the Gospel
More and more people are saying they they have no interest in ever setting foot in a church for any reason. Reaching those people will not happen by having a great worship service or phenomenal children’s ministry because they will never come to experience it. Instead, we need to go to them. Each one of us to the people God puts in our paths.
We don’t go alone
This can all be a bit daunting (truthfully, it is even for pastors), but thankfully we don’t go alone. Not only are we the body of Christ working together, but we go with the Holy Spirit.
“…now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:5-7
The Holy Spirit goes with us, strengthening us, reminding us of what Jesus said, and moving in the hearts of both us and those we encounter. Praise the Lord!! The Lord promised us, “I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
Tell us what you think
- Have you ever thought of yourself as a minister?
- How have you ministered to the people in your life?