God Is Calling

 

Has God called you to ministry? Though all born again apostolic Christians are called to serve the cause of Christ, God calls certain persons to serve the Church as pastors and other ministry inside the local church. Writing to young Timothy, the Apostle Paul confirmed that “…..if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work” (I Timothy 3:1). Likewise, it is a high honor to be called of God into the ministry of the local Church. How do you know if God is calling you?

First, there is an inward call. Through His Spirit, God speaks to those persons He has called to serve in the ministry of His Church. It could be said this is an inward call as “God’s voice heard by faith.” Those whom God has called know this call by a sense of leading, purpose, and growing commitment to God’s Kingdom.

Charles Spurgeon identified the first sign of God’s call to the  ministry as “an intense, all-absorbing desire for the work.” Those called by God sense a growing compulsion to preach and teach the Word, and to minister to the people of God, as well as those outside of the Church.

While not everyone will earn their living through full-time ministry, every born again Christian must choose a vocation and carry out ministry as God directs. Everything you do must be for His glory. God expects full-time Christian service from you.

If God is calling me, whom do I tell? If you feel God is calling you to some type of  ministry, the first person you should tell is your local pastor. Your pastor can guide you as you explore God’s call on your life. Also, your pastor can direct you to the Indiana District United Pentecostal Church web site, www.inupci.org where you can find requirements, and material for license ministry. Your pastor will guide you in the calling to serve the Lord in the local Church, as well as prepare you to fulfill that calling.

I would like to point out that God is the source of the gifts and graces that equip us to fulfill His call in our life. Your call will take advantage of your strengths, an important indication of God’s will for you. You may not be aware of those qualities and abilities before He calls you. The advice and help of your pastor will guide and affirm you as you seek to develop and to use your God-given potential for Him.

Some will be called to specific ministries, such as pastor, evangelist, missionary, Christian education, or other ministries, in response and in obedience to the call of God. These callings carry with them such responsibility that the church provides special educational preparation for them. Approval to serve in these areas includes careful examination and nurture before endorsement is given, credentials are granted, and appointments are made.

Because everyone will not understand your response to God’s call, you should prayerfully listen to your pastor who will  encourage  or questions your pursuit of a particular ministry. God may be speaking through them.

John Newton, famous for writing “Amazing Grace,” once remarked that “None but He who made the world can make a Minister of the Gospel.” Only God can call a true minister, and only He can grant the minister the gifts necessary for service. But the great promise of Scripture is that God does call men and women to service in His Great Kingdom!

Rev. Dan Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church of Warsaw and the Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet.

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