“And Jesus answered and said unto him, blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:17-18)
LIGHT FOR NOW: The call to ministry is not a different experience from salvation.
The work of ministry is for every believer, hence we are called able ministers “Who hath made us able ministers of the new testament…” (2 Corinthians 3:5) At the point of salvation, every one of us is given the ministry of reconciliation and we are called able ministers but it is what we do about the ministry that will make us faithful ministers. There are no exclusions; That was why Apostle Paul speaking to the Ephesians’ brethren in Acts 20:28 said, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his blood”. They were instructed to be fully and continually involved in the work of the ministry; they became overseers over God’s flock to feed them. They were men who became responsible for the spiritual growth of others. They must have been involved in preaching and teaching alongside Paul in the city of Ephesus. In our key scripture for today, Jesus said “my church” and the word “church” means “called out ones”. We have been called out of the world unto salvation and this call to salvation is not any different from the call to ministry. The call to ministry is not a different experience from salvation. But we see many believers today making excuses of not being called to ministry; they claim they have not seen a vision, heard a voice or had any experience to be involved in the work of ministry. But the call to ministry isn’t validated by dreams, experiences or angelic visitations; scriptures validate our call to ministry. And the scripture says we have been made able ministers of the New Testament and given the ministry of reconciliation (2Corinthians 5:18).
We do not need a physical appearance of Jesus as a sign to be called into ministry. In the New Testament, the call to ministry is not by a special experience. At salvation, the spirit of God resides permanently in you and that is the assurance that you’ve been called to preach. It should be clear that the ministry of reconciliation is given to the believer and it is administered by or through believers. For example, it was Ananias who ministered to Paul and not an angel (Acts 9:17-18). So, you should understand that no one receives salvation or call to ministry on their own; men were involved and will always be that way. That is why you have a huge role to play in making real, the mandate of God upon the earth; and the local church has a vital role to play in developing believers in the work of ministry. Paul received the ministry and was not disobedient “where upon, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19). So obedience is key in our response to the ministry of reconciliation. Salvation is a call into ministry; it is an interruption into your regular affairs. In ministry, it is no more about what we will, but about what He wills because if it is about you, it cannot be Jesus Christ and if it is about Christ, it will never be about you. Every believer is called “able minister” but what you do about the ministry given to you is what makes you a good and faithful minister.
INSTRUCTION: Strive to fulfill your ministry.
PRAYER: I affirm that I choose to make myself available for the work of ministry. Glory!
QUOTE: Salvation is a call into ministry.
DAILY READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3