The Calling of a Minister # 3

Unclear Calling

In the circumstances where God is not giving you a clear calling, you should never stop serving Him by deceiving yourself that you have no calling.  Jesus has called you to Himself and to Kingdom tasks.  Try to discover what God is calling you to do.  Start by wholeheartedly giving yourself to devotion.  Read the Word of God daily and always try to gain understanding, opening yourself to the Holy Spirit. Pray and develop a close relationship with God. Get committed in your fellowship and seek to help.

As a child, I memorized a lot of scriptures and Bible stories.  There was no doubt that on Sundays my Sunday school teacher could ask me to give a memory verse to my fellow classmates. In time she asked the Pastor if, in the main service, he could give me at least two minutes to say the memory verse. This began shaping my ministry as a teacher.

In trying to discover or confirm your calling to ministry, remember that it is the people to whom you minister that will see and affirm the ministry gifts and abilities within you.  You should avoid the tendency of doing it alone.

As I was growing into a teenager, we formed groups in which we could share memory verses.  We began studying together and soon our church created opportunities for us to share what we had learned.  Soon the pastor and the leadership identified gifts in us and supported us to grow in the area of our gifting.

Embrace the community of God, the local church, and stay active there.  The local church is not only the House of God and the people of God, but it is the incubator of ministry calling.  It is the place where you are going to discover your call and be supported to do what God has called you to do.

It was the Church that sent us out to evangelize, do church missions, and gave us opportunities to testify, to witness, and do the general ministry.  This was similar to the church in Antioch.  The church prayed, and the Holy Spirit led them to send Paul and Barnabas out in Ministry.

“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.”

Acts 13:2-3 (NKJV)

“…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV)

Listen with discernment to the counsel, advice, and encouragement of Christian leaders, parents, pastors and church staff members.  God has placed people in the church and in our lives to help us learn about Him, His ways, and His plan for our lives.  Ask great questions of them and you will gain insights that will lead you to discovering your calling.

It is recommended to learn from other people and to let yourself be influenced by their Christ-like example, but remember, you are God’s workmanship, not those that you are following (Eph. 2:10). You have your own unique purpose.  Learn to embrace your heart for God and for the people that you have been given.  Pour your heart into serving others, but do not try to be a carbon copy of someone else.

Sometimes you may feel the Lord’s assignment is too heavy for you.  Always remember it is God’s work.  Trust Him and He will give you victory.  Sometimes you may feel as if your family background, education, or experience does not favor you.  Be encouraged by Gideon, that even though the assignments seemed overwhelming, Gideon had tested the Lord and knew that He would be with him and give him victory.  True to his belief, the victory was great, and for 40 years the land had peace.

Whether you have the clear or unclear calling, remain focused knowing that God has called you to serve Him.  You are a child of God who belongs to His family, and as a result, know that God will assign you duties as you do to your children at home.  You never want your children to sit aimlessly at home, therefore, you give them duties to perform, and that is how God works with you.

Since you have a calling and you know that you are a minister of God, purpose in your heart to serve the One who has called you.  Take up the responsibilities as a family member in the House of God, and purpose to bring glory in your new home, the family of God

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