June 9th, 2019
Most Christians do not see their role in the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus as being all that significant. If you asked them what their ‘Holy Calling’ was they’d look at you funny, perhaps shrug and then stammer for an answer.
We don’t have to guess what God calls us to, because we all are called to the same mission. Yes, there are some specialties that each of us are faced with, which tend to be choices we need to seek divine guidance to determine what path to take, but if we focus on our primary mission above all others, that guidance will be quick in coming to us. We will not find ourselves wasting time, trying to figure out what the next step should be.
He is the one who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on his own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began
2 Timothy 1:9 (NET)
Okay, so what is this heavenly ‘prime directive’?
It’s at the end of Matthew…
Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (NET)
“All authority in heaven and on earth”, was placed in the hands of our Lord and savior. Immediately upon announcing this he doles out to his disciples (you and I) the responsibility to take that authority, use it to go and seek out, and a make disciples of all peoples. Then baptizing them and instructing them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded of us.
This instruction isn’t a matter of fact off-the-cuff run through for all that Jesus taught us. This is the very definition of discipleship.
The role of evangelist and disciple maker falls to each and every one of us! It is our primary reason for remaining here in this corrupt world. Just as Jesus came to seek and save the lost, we are to be about the very same job. When we encounter a weaker less engaged brother or sister, we are to bring these people up in the faith and teach them first by example, and further by instruction.
Discipleship really has become a lost art form in the body of Christ today. We have some slick productions in our worship services and great oratory from the pulpit, but when those who seek the Lord find him, we are given the task of making sure they know what Jesus expects of them.
We can’t hand this off to the pastor or worship leader, it’s your job, it’s my job.
If we are serious about the Great Commission, we have our work cut out for us. The lost are not going to find their way to Christ Jesus unless they hear the message of the Gospel.
Point one – It’s not our religious leaders’ task to convey the Gospel to the lost. Each of us are responsible for this task.
Point two – When we have the opportunity to help a brother or sister grow in their fellowship with Jesus and the body of Christ, again it doesn’t fall to the leaders in the church to teach these new disciples, what Jesus has taught us, it falls to us!
What about calls to other ministries?
As mentioned, we all have this prime directive from Jesus to go and make disciples, then bring them up in the faith. But at the same time, God prepares us and then directs us into other ministries that either require specific skills or some additional activities to bring glory to his name.
The vast majority of us can or will have a calling is in addition to the Great Commission. You may not consider it to be of great importance, but it is important for us to pray and seek God’s direction for what these callings may be.
Of course, if we are being obedient to our spiritual prime directive, it cannot help but draw us into an ever-closer walk with Jesus and greater sensitivity to the direction of the Holy Spirit. If we seek this secondary calling.
One of these callings is something that every husband and wife share. By default, every Christian man and woman in a marriage relationship are to structure their home to be a vestige of God’s love and grace.
Your pastor’s prime directive is the Gospel. It’s dispersal and teaching the commandment of the Lord. They have further been called to preach and be the spiritual a leader within their church body.
Notice I didn’t say ‘THE leader’, I said ‘A leader’. God is calling many men and women into positions of leadership in the local church body.
God frequently calls us to use the talents he has imparted to us. Mechanics may be called to do mechanical things for the Lord. Carpenters to build and repair for the Lord. Bakers, cooks, musicians, singers, teachers, medical services people, and the list goes on and on. God quite possibly will call you to use those skills for his Glory.
It isn’t at all unusual for God to provide skills where there wasn’t a perception of those skills being present. When this happens, it almost certainly has a calling attached to it. God seeks for the individual receiving this new skill, to step out and use it for the Lord.
Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.
1 Peter 4:10 (NET)
With all of this, it would seem that we are destined to be occupied serving the Lord. You know, that’s not a bad idea!
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NET)
He’s been telling us all along that whatever we do, “do everything for the glory of God.” We all are ministers of the Gospel and we all are called to be about God’s business, just as the young Christ child told his parents, “I must be about my father’s business.”
We all have a “Holy Calling”. I doubt there is anyone that doesn’t have several!
In the Grace of Jesus!