Have you ever considered the fact that, as a person of faith, you have a calling?
Usually, when I approach others about their calling – their “vocation” – to use a nice religious sounding term – I get the same response: “Me? A calling?”
We tend to think in terms of only full-time employed , or even bi-vocational “clergy” as being those who are “called.” But I beg to differ.
My unique calling – as an ordained minister and a certified pastoral counselor – is certainly different than yours. But it is no more, and no less, important. God calls ALL persons of faith to answer their unique “call to duty.” And where do we most effectively answer that call: the Church.
Of course, I am not talking about just the individual congregation I serve as pastor. I am talking about the body of Christ, wherever it is found, in all it’s mysterious and powerful presence.
Here’s what “THE OPEN BIBLE” has to say about this body at work:
“Observation alone cannot reveal the awesome nature of the church, the body of Jesus Christ. It appears to be a human institution that serves religious purposes, but the Bible tells quite a different story. First, the church is the congregation of all believers in Jesus Christ from all places and times….Second, the church is the bride of Christ, which will live and reign with Him throughout all eternity….Third, the church is entrusted with the mission of world evangelization during this age….Fourth, the church exists in local congregations, which gather regularly for worship, instruction, fellowship, and outreach….Fifth, the Holy Spirit gives the church leadership and spiritual abilities to bring its members to maturity in life and ministry. (See: Ephesians 2:19-20, Hebrews 12:23; Ephesians 5:31. 32, Revelation 19:7; Matthew 28: 19-20, Acts 1:8; Acts 2:42, 14:23, Revelation 1:4; I Corinthians 12:4-11, Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 25:31-32.)”
Given that ministry that begins here on earth and spans literally into eternity – again, I ask: “What’s your calling?” How, given your unique God-given personality and gifts – can you be a part of all the Church is – and will be – into eternity?
It’s worth pondering. More than that, these scriptures represent our “marching orders.” The only question is: will we answer?