David’s last blog on Call of Duty really resonated with me, as I have been learning more and more about every believer’s call to ministry.
This past year, we’ve been on a sort of furlough from the mission field. Some other time I will walk you through my operational definition of terms like “furlough” and “mission field” as God has continually worked on helping me align my ideas with those presented in His perfect Word. In any case, during this time in furlough, we’ve been living in San Diego, California, and we have many good friends there who have served our country for many years in the military. Every so often, they have to renew (re-up) their commitment to serve and extend their contract for x-number of years.
For me this serves as a great analogy to the Christian call of duty. As Mr. Wildman explained, the call to ministry is for every believer, but the decision to serve is a daily one. As Christ explained in Luke 9:23, there is a daily call to self-denial and take up the cross of Christ. For me, this past year has been one where I thought I would take an intentional break from personal ministry. In the midst of daily life in an office, parenting my sons, and interacting with great friends, I came to the new realization that my call to ministry is irrevocable and also is not subject to my terms and conditions. Like my military friends, when they sign on the dotted line to serve for another tour, the Navy decides where they will be stationed and what work they will do. As a follower of Christ, our response to the Gospel ought to be willing obedience to minster to others, and to do some when and where the Holy Spirit indicates to us. That might be giving up our desires for that epic Saturday morning ride to invite somebody along who might need to experience the love of Christ through you. That might also mean sharing of precious resources to generously give to someone in need in order to minister to them.
Another passage that has been on my mind these last couple of days as I prepare for a new season of ministry in 1 Corinthians 4:1-2:
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.
There is a lot to unpack in the word ‘steward’, but for me that past year in California have allowed me to appreciate how much has been entrusted to me. First and foremost, I have been told of the mystery of the Gospel and have been pardoned for my sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. I’ve also been given the ability to speak Spanish, and have been given a wife and three amazing kids ALL of whom want to live and serve Christ in Latin America. I’m a steward of these abilities and these people that God has placed under my spiritual headship. As such, I am compelled to be in daily ministry. That looks different for every believer. For this Jesus-follower, my call is to teach Bible and make disciples in a tiny little corner of the globe with an alarming crime rate, rampant poverty, and stunningly beautiful people and topography. So, furlough’s done. There’s work to be done.
I can’t wait to tell you more about what God is going to ask of me and teach me during this new season of ministry. Perhaps we can do some ministry together, sharing Christ in the beautiful mountains of Honduras. To learn more about some of the wok we feel called to, stay tuned on our blog at www.divineadventure.net. And if you wanna come down for a little divine adventure of your own, check out www.cabrarides.com.
What does your call of duty look like? Where is Christ compelling you to invest in the lives of others? Can Fully Packed Adventure Ministries help you live your call to ministry? Please feel free to contact us at: Ph 864-546-9687 or Em firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S.>Here’s a recommended reading for you on the topic of personal ministry. Check out ‘Instruments in the Hands of the Redeemer’ by Paul Tripp. It’s an amazing primer on doing Gospel ministry and providing spiritual care for the people that God places in our lives.
Thanks and God Bless!
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