I always get question about what I do, and my answer always provokes an endless list of questions… What do you mean you are going to be Pastor, aren’t you like 15? Don’t you want to do something else? Like be an accountant?
Just a few of the questions I get, Some even asked by pastors who are already in the field.
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it” Luke 14:28
I clearly remember the day I sat in my pastors office and told Him about my plans to leave everything I was pursuing and go to Bible College to pursue the call of God over my life. He calmly asked if I had “counted the cost”, and I responded to say “yes Sir”. He blessed me and signed off my admission form. I can honestly say, I did not know what I was getting myself into, two and a half years later I still find myself in-over-my-head.
But that’s the joy of it, knowing you are not in control and its not by your own accord that you live but have completely laid everything in the hands off God. Its not that deep. What I mean is this, We have the word of God to guide us, it is our way in and out of any situation. And PRAYER. Prayer coupled with the word of God is the most life changing thing, it provokes an atmosphere that creation has no choice but to respond. And boy! Has God been faithful. Through rejection and all sorts of trials, He has remained the loving Father I know Him to be.
“I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.” -Psalm 138-2
There is fulfillment in knowing that what you are doing exactly what God had intended for your life. This is not only for those who are in full-time ministry; we are actually all ministers full time. Like I said in my last post, God is continually ready to express Himself through us, we just need to avail ourselves. Availing our lives how best we know, according to His word and precepts.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.- Romans 12:2
Allowing God to express Himself through us deems a certain responsibility from us; we need to be in a place of having the capacity to “host” God. Imagine being at a wedding and the food is being served on clearly dirty plates. That’s unheard off, there is an expectation that the plates and cutlery be clean and ready for the guests. Likewise, when we are expecting the expression of God in our lives, we need to preserve ourselves a certain way. A life of sacrifice and being set apart is expected from children of God. Such a life can be taxing, but if you allow God to change the way you think and also understand your responsibility as a son in the Kingdom of God, you will do that with a joyful heart.
It is all part of what we are called to be, we have a responsibility… As long as God’s mercy and grace where expended as you woke this morning; a life of worship, service and consecration is expected from you, from us.
“You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” -Matthew 5:14
Be sure to dazzle everyone with that God given light..
Give them a show…YOU ARE THE LIGHT