How many of you have ever felt like you have been called into "full time ministry?" "Oh no. That's not for me!" you may say. Most of us associate that phrase with people who work at a church or are worship leaders or evangelists, or people who do "God's work" for a living. But did you know that ALL of us who are Christ followers have been called into full time ministry? Yeah, it doesn't matter if you are a teacher, banker, decorator, vet, shelf stocker, parent, student, nurse or grandma, we are all called by God to be His light and share His love. We see in Mark 13 that Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to Love God and Love Others. In the book of John chapter 13 we hear Jesus say 34
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
What that tells me is that as we are living our normal, everyday life, loving the people around us, we are being ministers of the Gospel. We are living out Gods call on ALL of our lives. It is easy to think that "ministry" should be left up to the "church people", but that is not what God says at all. He has called us all to be His hands and feet here on earth. Yes, there are people who are called to be pastors or worship leaders, but you can also be called to be a banker or office manager or landscaper for Christ. By doing your work with integrity and doing your job well can be such a great testimony of God's love.
So, this week step into the call God has placed on your life. Don't think that you can leave "ministry" up to the "professional Christians." Live out God's love right where you are, in your everyday life and let God shine through! Live to Love Him and Live to Love the ones around you! Maybe this song will give you a little encouragement! Click the link below to hear the title track from our Live to Love CD. Enjoy!