Good Day Readers:
I hope you had a great weekend and hope this will be great for you as well.
Last week I was talking to a friend. We had shared a few things and the subject came up about me being a Minister. I assured them that, above all else, I am a Minister and that job in itself is hard. Taking into consideration the human aspect (likes, dislikes, pleasures, pains, etc) of it all, I still have a job to do. I cannot speak for everyone else that has been charged with this task but, as for me, this is one particular job that I really didn’t ask for. Being the son of Pastor, I saw things that my Dad had gone through as well as some things that he thankfully kept away from his children. One thing certainly stays clear in my mind is that he had this job and, in my opinion, he did it well. So much, in fact, that there were days that he was on the job and, quite frankly, I wish he was with me. This bothered me for quite a few years and I kept it hidden for a lot of my adult life. However, now that I am tasked with the same mission, I definitely see what was REALLY going on. I have two sons, and I do my best to ensure that my time with them is quality at the very least. Yes, we do some things at home and then there are also times where we can actually get out and enjoy the day at the park just as we did yesterday. I guess the bottom line is here is that despite the job of Ministry, there should always be some time MADE for your family.
Now let’s get back to the topic. As I stated there was a conversation that was going on between a friend and I. Let me first put my disclaimer out there that Christians do NOT always talk about “church stuff”. I think there is a big misconception that Christians, more importantly Ministers, walk around town all day wearing a suit and carrying a pocket Bible with them. NOT TRUE!! Yes, we have to be on guard at all times and the WHOLE armor of God should be worn as such but, just like punching a clock on our nine-to-five jobs, we are allowed a little fun. Now I don’t mean to suggest that we get too crazy and run wild in the streets of our cities that we live. I’m saying that yes, we can go different places and yes, we will laugh hysterically at something funny. However, we’re not robots! We’re still human and even though we have a different way of life now that we’re save or preaching the Gospel, we still live life. Paul’s calling was questioned at one point. Paul, as you know, had a pretty checkered past (don’t we all…lol) but he is known as one of the greatest Apostles. What’s great about him is that he KNEW beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was one of the worst people on the planet yet GOD gave him a job to do. He touches on this in Eph 3:7-8:
7Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
Paul says here that even though he was the worst of his kind, the flotsam and jetsam of his people, he was chosen by GOD Himself to do the work of preaching the Gospel. In other words, no one asked Paul, “hey, how would you like to be a minister and go save lost souls, including those that are not worthy of the promise that God gave to the Jewish people?” In fact, if you read in the book of acts, Paul was a persecutor of Christians in the early church. That’s right, he was in the business of getting rid of Christians! What kind of person that could commit such atrocities, NOW all of a sudden, preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ? What kind of person who, just a few weeks or years ago, was out doing all manner of evil and set on a path of self destruction, NOW all of a sudden is telling me how to live my life and step on my toes every chance he gets? Who is this nut? The answer: YOU, ME, and anyone else that is called by GOD to do so. See, a person that has gone through the ringer of hard times and has basically been so far down that the only way to go is up is usually the best candidate. I’m not saying that you have to be on skid row to have a testimony, but I am saying that if you are on that row and on it for a while, God can definitely work on you and when He does, boy have YOU got a story to tell.
The bottom line here today, folks, is that if you are called by God to do what HE wants you to do, then you have a lot of work ahead of you. You are also a work in progress so stay strong!
Until next time…