Called to Minister
Posted on February 26, 2014
My wife and I are thankful every day that through our work we are able to serve fellow brothers and sisters in Christ with tools for prayer. We start our day every morning with the entire team giving thanks for all we are blessed with, asking for God’s healing grace and comfort for those who need it, and encouraging each of us to stay rooted in Him. Not everyone has the privilege of living and practicing their faith openly in their lives. That said, we are all called as believers to minister and witness to those who cross our paths, wherever that may be.
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 6 If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.” 1 TIMOTHY 4: 4-6, THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica
I previously worked in an office environment that did not tolerate religious expression, whether it was through email or displayed at your desk. In these places, it is expected to separate your work life from your personal life. In my experience, many of us compartmentalize our lives in this way. We don’t bring our Bibles to work, and we don’t invite fellow employees to church events, or offer to pray with a coworker when they’ve had a setback.
My blessing came through a coworker that sensed a need in me. I was regularly attending church, but I had relegated this part of my life to Sunday mornings in the same way I did when at work Monday through Friday. This man asked me to join him on many occasions to his church over a five year period - Easter sunrise service, concerts, special conferences, and of course, Sunday worship. Repeatedly declining his offers, I felt as if I already knew what his church would be about. But the Spirit was (and still is) strong with this guy! He kept asking, and I finally relented and joined him for a Wednesday men’s service. It was my first true experience with a Bible-based church. We sang and worshipped and praised Him, and I felt the stirring of the Spirit within me. This lone visit led me to joining a new church and finding new meaning in celebrating God. And it only took five years! How many have stopped asking friends and coworkers to join them at church after just a couple of rebuffs?
How have you found ways in your daily life to witness to others, especially through your work or volunteerism? Maybe you are having a hard time of it and would like some feedback from others. Please post your comments, or if you have a testimony you would like to share, email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your story is published, you’ll earn free Oil of Gladness anointing oil products! We look forward to hearing from you, and pray for continued blessings from God for you and your family.