I heard a pastor say they wanted to be in the ministry with people but as a minister they find themselves doing administration to the people serving rather than ministering to the people.
I was raised to respect the pastor of the church because they are a person of God. I think the un-intentional lesson was that the pastors are the only people doing ministry. Even today I have heard some ministers talk down to the person serving as if they are not doing God’s work like a pastor at a church. I, as a person working at a company in the Information Technology field, was taught that for me to be called to serve God I should stop doing secular work and go and become a pastor of a church or go on full time missions.
When I was struggling with this I told a pastor that I wanted to minister to others and he looked me in the eye and said “YOU ARE!”
The Great Commission
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)
This passage is when Jesus had come back and wanted the disciple to know that they have been given authority to make disciples of men.
Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? Are the conference rooms a place to lead someone to Christ? Yes! Are the pools at people’s homes the place to baptize? Yes! Are the cars driving to work the place to know people so you can share God’s Word? Yes! Are the coffee shops the place to study or debate the Word of God? Yes! Are lunches a divine appointment for you to seek His will and not yours? Yes! Is the Church a place to bring the flock from your labor? Yes!
Are your gifts and talents used for the Kingdom? Do you rely on the pastor to do your job? Are you asking your pastor for help so that you can live out the life you have been commanded to?
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