It’s an interesting question. Every believer in Jesus has been called and equipped by God for a personal ministry.
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. James 1:22
Now, I’m not necessarily talking about being in a pulpit somewhere. I’m talking about serving God. (That’s a big “period,” right there!) When we give our lives to Christ, He made it clear we are to serve Him as voluntary slaves.
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
We lay aside our own rights and expectations and surrender to His will for our lives. He calls the shots – we are to follow.
And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23
God also equips each of us with at least one gift given by the Holy Spirit Himself. Why would He give us these gifts? The answer is in 1 Peter 4:10,
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
The verse is speaking of serving “one another”… meaning other believers and those who will become believers.
It’s obvious in scripture that every single Christian is to have a personal ministry. Whether it’s evangelism, teaching, preaching, child care, secretarial support, administration, maintenance, praying, hospitality, general helps (that’s a fancy term for an errand-runner), visitation, foreign missions work, or (way last on the list) writers. All followers of Christ are to be serving our Lord in some personal work of faith… not just sitting in the church watching lots of other people doing their works of faith. So, what is Christ asking you to do as a “doer of His word?”
Well, I’ve been thinking about my own desires to serve God as a follower of the Lord and I’ve been significantly moved by two verses I’d like to share with you.
“… for the gracious hand of his God was on him. This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.” Ezra 7:9–10 (NLT)
In reading these verses the first thing that jumped out at me was what must be a universal desire in all men. I want God’s “gracious hand” on my life. That’s way better than having God’s “mighty, vengeful, angry, or heavy” hand fall on my daily circumstances!
The next thing that stands out is the list and progression of what I am to “determine” to do in my life… as my life’s work.
I remember the first time I read verse 10. I immediately asked myself, “Am I doing that? Am I studying God’s word? Am I obeying God’s word? And am I teaching God’s word?” Right then and there my mission became clear. Here’s how I wrote my mission statement:
1. I will STUDY God’s Word – In order to more fully know Him and His directions.
2. I will OBEY God’s Word – In order to please Him, serve Him, and give Him glory.
3. I will TEACH God’s Word – In order to train others to train others in this same mission. (2 Timothy 2:2)
I believe this list could help you with meditation points on your life as a Christ-follower. My challenge is for you to think on each of these aspects of a life of faith, and ask yourself – Am I doing that? It just might be God’s call to action, His challenge for your time, and the promise of His “gracious, good” hand resting on your life’s work.
Think about it…