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The church has a ministry, I have a ministry, and most people get that… But what people often don’t get is that they (YOU) have a ministry too. Your ministry is some way in which you are uniquely equipped and located to serve God by serving people. It’s kind of like a “calling” except people say things like “I knew my calling was to be an actor” – that’s great, but that’s a profession, it’s not a way that you’re equipped to serve the world. Literally the word “minister” in the Bible (diakonos) means servant, or sometimes, waiter! So what is your ministry?
Your ministry might have something to do with your field of work or job or profession – or it might not have anything to do with it. It might USE your work, or it might not. Martin Luther King Jr was a pastor of a church; his job description did not include political rallies or spending time in prison… But his “ministry” was as a civil rights leader – his calling was to challenge the country and bring the country a little closer to its ideal… Bono is a singer in a rock band, you might have heard of them; his job description does not include travelling to meet heads of state to lobby for African nations. That’s not his job. Nothing about the music of U2 makes him particularly qualified to do this – but it’s his “ministry”, the way he sees God’s called him to serve the world.
You have a ministry too. I don’t know what it is, but I believe the future of the world, and God’s plan for the world actually depends on you figuring it out. Just the way God’s plan for bringing Israel out of Egypt required Moses…even though it was God’s power that made it possible: in the Bible, God insists on working through His people to do His work in the world.
By the way, your ministry can change over time. Whatever your ministry is right now, there may come a time when your ministry may be limited to taking care of family member who has an illness. Or your ministry may be to make your radical beliefs about God plausible to your peers by living your faith in public. When King David was young his job and ministry was to shepherd sheep. As he grew up his calling was to shepherd tribes of people. Your ministry too can change or grow. That’s why it’s so important for you to KNOW what your ministry is…right now. There are no bystanders in the Kingdom. Every believer is a priest, every believer is a minister in some unique way that is absolutely necessary to God’s plan. So what’s your ministry?