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The Key To Finding Your Ministry

Being in the ministry for over a quarter of a century, I felt a little confident in writing on this topic. Now that I started it, I pray I didn't make a mistake, for this could be a delicate matter to some. Through the years, I have encountered many believers who have felt unfulfilled because, for whatever reason, they were not in the ministry they felt God had called them for. Consequently, many of these are frustrated because they feel they are not in the center of God's will for their lives. Let me begin by reminding you of this fact: When we were born, we had no say whatsoever regarding who or what we would be. It is God who appointed our race, color, environment, abilities, etc. I think it is pretty amusing that people take so much pride in who they are, when they had absolutely nothing to do with it. By the way, is it only me, or have you ever seen a car or truck that has a family name on the back windshield, other than a Hispanic one? It is no different in Christ. When we were born in Christ, It was He who decided for us again. We don't decide what we will be or what ministry we will have. Your mommy can't decide, neither can your family, friends, or even your pastor. This is God's doing. The Lord told a disciple by the name of Ananias to go pray for Paul. (Saul) He called him a chosen  vessel, so it appears he knew it even before Paul did. Read the account in the 9th chapter of Acts. Paul added later: By the grace of God, I am what I am. (1 Cor 15:10) To put it another way, Paul said that he did not choose what he would be, but God. I assume that most people, when they hear the word ministry, think of preachers or teachers, but we must remember that minister really means serve. That is why Peter wrote that every one that has received the gift should minister it to others and should do so according to the ability God has given. (See 1 Peter 4:10-11) I hope you can see that it is not so much what we do, but rather how we do it, that is important. If you were to work for an organization that you believed in and loved with all your heart, it wouldn't matter how you promoted it. I've known Christians who were convinced God called them for one of the notable ministries, such as  preaching, teaching, or singing. Yet, for whatever reason, years have passed and their dream has not been realized. It is very possible that they were mistaken, or else God's time for it has not arrived. One thing is for sure: God makes no mistakes! I repeat: this is God's doing. In Ephesians 4:11, we read that He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. One of my favorite truths appears several times in the Bible. It tells us that the just shall live by faith. When it comes to faith, the New Testament tells us that Abraham was the father of it, (Romans 4:11) and rightfully so because when God called him to leave his family to go to a new place, he started moving, even though he didn't know where he was going or what he was to do. (See Genesis 12 and Hebrews 11) We should all know this truth: It is an honor to serve God, no matter in what capacity. The high calling is the service. Though it is an honor to be called by Christ's name, there is no greater honor that to be called His servant. Paul wrote that whatever we do in His name, we should do it with all our heart. (Col 3:23) If we love Jesus, it shouldn't matter which door He opens. We should be excited just for the opportunity we have been given to serve Him.

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