by Leighton Flowers — July 14, 2014
I fear many young people who have been gifted and called into church ministry are simply excusing their calling by saying things like:
- “I feel unworthy.” Some young people have the impression that ministers are super spiritual giants who have few if any failures in life. This simply is not the case. What did Abraham, David and Paul all have in common? They were murders. Trust me when I say that the feeling of being unworthy to serve in church ministry is the very feeling that makes you the most qualified. I’d be more concerned if you felt you were worthy of such a calling. Don’t let your past failures, or even your current struggles, keep you from following God’s call on your life. Be transparent about your issues and, believe it or not, that weakness can become one of your greatest strengths in ministry.
- “Nothing special really happened.” Are you expecting something miraculous or supernatural to happen before you will accept God’s call on your life? Well, if so, consider this article your “sign.” Think about it. Here you were sitting around waiting on a sign from God and you came across this article telling you to stop waiting and start pursuing your calling.Some young people hear an exciting story about how another minister was called and think they have to have the same kind of experience. Well, that isn’t the way it works! If you have some kind of expectation that God is going to descend on a bright white cloud to inform you of your calling then you are probably going to end up being disappointed. God is pretty clear that he relates through a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12), and doesn’t care too much for the request of signs and wonders (Matt. 12:39). Stop waiting on something “special,” because hearing the God of the universe whisper through the voice of your heart is plenty special enough if you’re willing to be still and listen.
- “I’ll be giving up too much.” It is true church ministry doesn’t typically pay as well as many other similar jobs in the secular world, but have you considered the cost of fulfillment and happiness? One day the apostle Peter said to Jesus, “We have left everything to follow you!” “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first” (Mark 10:28-31).Enough said?