The concept of full-time and part-time ministry is somehow to me. We are all full-time ministers of God. We should represent Jesus wherever we are and shine our light in our little corners. Being a child of God is a full-time business. I don’t have to be a conventional “pastor” or go to the seminary to be a full-time minister of God. I am one already by the virtue of being born again.
I remember telling a younger acquaintance how God has called everyone who has come to Him through Jesus Christ. We are all His special possessions, a kingdom of priests, a chosen people so that we might declare His excellencies anywhere and everywhere (Exodus 19:5-6, 1 Peter 2:9). Every child of God has the call of God on his life, and it is to live for Him. Now, that call is valid and active whether God will have you serve Him as a writer, as a singer, at the pulpit, in a classroom, in a hospital, on a mine, on an oil rig or anywhere else.
It is expected of you to be faithful wherever God positions you. If every child of God is a conventional pastor, who is going to reach out to those who need the gospel in the schools? How will those who don’t know Him at the hospitals hear about His love? How will the workers on oil rigs be illuminated with His light?
We all need to change our mindsets. God looks to get fruits from you right where you are, sis! You are the light of the world, bro! You are supposed to be the salt where you are, seasoning up the place! What has gone wrong with us all? How did we get to the point of limiting God’s ways only to being pastors, going to seminaries or Bible school? No wonder fellow brethren are quick to tag any sister or brother who is sound in God pastor’s wife or pastor. I do always say this, if you let what people label you as lead you into taking steps you ought not to take, you are on your own.
If because everyone calls you pastor and “prophesies” it into your life you assume you have to go to the seminary, when God does not say so, it is your umbrella, iwo lo mo o, na you sabi. And if because people have told you your brand of women end up marrying pastors and so go and say yes to that guy because he is a pastor, when you have no witness in your spirit to do so, you will have yourself to blame.
If you are born again, you are a full-time minister. It doesn’t matter whether you work in a church as a pastor or something else or not. Every child of God should desire and pursue depth and soundness in Christ, we all have the same access to Him. Therefore seek genuinely to know Him and get rooted in Him through His word and prayers. Stephen was an “ordinary” disciple, not among the “special” apostles, yet he was described as being full of faith, of the Holy Ghost, of grace and of power (Acts 6:5 and 8). Phillip was just a deacon but he did great exploits in Samaria, raised four sexually pure daughters who were prophetesses. You can also do great exploits where you are, as an “ordinary” child of God. You can win souls to the kingdom, we are all meant to tell others about our Lord (Matthew 28:19-20). You can heal the sick and raise the dead, yes! He gave us all the promise in Mark 16:17-18.
Exploits are not the exclusive rights of pastors or any other ordained minister in God’s house. His word says THOSE who KNOW their God shall be strong and do exploits, not pastors who know their God. This is a call to sensitise you to who you are in Christ, brethren. Wake up to your responsibilities. Take your place in Christ. If you are not called to be a pastor, you are called to declare and show forth His excellence in your tiny little corner.
Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the earth is Mine.
And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation [consecrated, set apart to the worship of God]. These are the words you shall speak to the Israelites.
Exodus 19:5-6, 32 AMPC
But you shall be called the priests of the Lord; people will speak of you as the ministers of our God.
Isaiah 61:6a AMPC
…but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God].
Daniel 11:32 AMPC
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. [Exod. 19:5, 6.]
1 Peter 2:9 AMPC
And formed us into a kingdom (a royal race), priests to His God and Father–to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion throughout the ages and forever and ever. Amen (so be it). [Exod. 19:6; Isa. 61:6.]
Revelation 1:6 AMPC
And You have made them a kingdom (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign [as kings] over the earth! [Exod. 19:6; Isa. 61:6.]
Revelation 5:10 AMPC
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