As a Christian, I value the faith to which God drew me to. From day one, it’s been an incredible journey, and the only One who gets all the credit for the joy and peace I have in knowing where I stand before God is God Himself. He was the One who foreknew me, predestined me, and justified me. One day, I will be fortunate enough to witness the end of the road to salvation, when He will bring me to eternal glory.
But here is the thing: I could sit and ponder at the magnificent work of God, and I think that it is even important to do so, but for that to be the only thing we would ever do for our faith is embarrassing at best. I don’t believe that God wants lethargic Christians; He wants believers that are willing to work out their faith and embrace a calling that God gives each individual who believes in Him.
That’s right! Every Christian, every person who is on the path of salvation, has a unique calling from God. Not every Christian is the same. Take the late Dr. R.C. Sproul and Dr. Sinclair Ferguson as an example. Both men are known for being incredible Presbyterian ministers, for their teaching at Ligonier Ministries, and for publishing numerous books on the character of God and the responsibility of the Church. Nevertheless, if one were to hear both men’s sermons, it would be evident that their ministries and styles are different. The reason is that God calls us to something according to the capabilities He gives us.
God is not a god who seeks after “natural talent.” David was still a young boy when he was crowned king, Jeremiah was emotionally unstable during his time of being a prophet, and Peter was a man who was too quick to act and speak at times. Nonetheless, God called these people, not because of their own abilities, but in order to demonstrate that it is by God’s power that something miraculous can happen.
What Christians have to ask themselves is this: are we willing to fulfill the ministry that God calls us to do? Are we really going to be lethargic and not work out our faith? Do we value the pursuit of deeper theology more than God’s command to make disciples and to wage war against forces of evil?
Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:5 (ESV) saying this, “As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” This text was not just for Timothy. I believe this applies to all of us: man or woman, white or black, American or not. When Paul says the word “you,” make no mistake that the text is speaking to you.
I’m very sure that most of the people that are reading this are sober-minded through temptation’s hour, are enduring suffering that Christ has us go through, and are possibly even doing the work of an evangelist… but are we fulfilling the ministry God placed in our hearts? Not everyone is called to be a pastor, a teacher, a missionary, etc. But every person is called to be a steward of God.
So, how can we fulfill our ministry? If the Holy Spirit has directed your path and helped you realize that you are called to a particular ministry, approach your pastor about it. If you are unsure, do the ordinary works He calls all of us to and I guarantee His intervention and His direction in your life. If you are not even sure if you want a calling… I understand. It’s difficult to think that God wants you in one of the most fierce wars, and I’m not gonna lie… it gets tough. He never promises ease, but He does promise that it’ll be worth it.
As a Christian, I not only rejoice in my salvation, but I am ready to fulfill the work that God calls me to. I am ready to report to King Jesus and stand at the post to which I am commanded to be in. I hope you all are ready to beat the drums, to wave the flag, and to load your weapons in preparation for God’s holy war against the dark forces on this earth. Rise up Christian soldiers! Fulfill your ministry!
Soli Deo Gloria.