The Calling (Part 2)

career vs calling

   “Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, and prophesy to my people Israel.”(Amos 7:14-15)  The one thing about a calling into ministry is to realize that it is not something we do ourselves.  We can’t just say that we are going into ministry whether it is children, youth or adult ministry unless it is a calling of God.  Much like the verse in Amos it was God that said “GO and prophesy.”  John 1:6 says “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”  It is based on who God wants and where God sends in a calling of ministry.  Being called to minister is a lot like salvation through grace. We don’t deserve Salvation but Christ gives us this by grace and a calling into ministry is by His grace and not our own desires.

A minister also understands the importance of the Gospel and they are honestly compelled to teach and preach the Gospel.  Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:16 “For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”  If there is anything else that motivates us other than a push from the Holy Spirit to preach and teach the Gospel then you are in the wrong.  A minister of the call should not be compelled by money, fame, time or anything else that is not of God. The calling into ministry (youth, children or other) is not an occupational call but it is about spreading the message of Christ to world that needs to hear it.  In fact it is not about how many facebook , twitter or blog followers we have but purely about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are called to be good stewards of the mystery of God which is Christ Jesus.  We also should be compelled to serve as Christ served.  This message of hope and reconciliation has to be taken to the people at all times.


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