Recently, I have been abundantly reminded of my calling or leading in life. God has called me into full-time ministry. While that used to be specifically youth ministry, now it is working with adults, either as a senior/preaching minister, or as some kind of associate/discipleship minister. The struggles of life sometimes make it hard to remember this calling, especially since it has been a while since I have been on staff at a church. He is trying to teach me something before He leads me to this next ministry. Remembering this calling is vital to staying patient and staying on course. As I said, it is easy to forget, but I have had a great reminder.
Two weeks ago, Crossroads Christian Church ordained Nathan Hall. Attending his ordination service brought back so many vivid memories of my own ordination at Crossroads six years ago. In fact, it brought back so much emotion and so many memories that I actually attended both services of his ordination, instead of going to Sunday School. This was a great event in my life, and I pray that it will be a great and memorable event in Nathan’s. Attending his ordination reminded me that I have been set apart for ministry. While that hasn’t completely panned out yet, some of the charge given to Nathan rocked my world, in a great way. Curtis Booher gave Nathan his charge, but it was almost as if he was speaking directly to me as well. The final point that Curtis brought out was that we (the Crossroads leadership and congregation) were not setting Nathan apart to start a life of ministry. We were/are setting him apart to FINISH well. How one starts is important, but finishing well is even more important. That gives me a lot of hope and drive for my future in ministry.
The ordination of Nathan was a couple of weeks ago, as I stated earlier. So these thoughts have been floating around my head for about that long. It wasn’t until my daily devotion time today, however, that the completion of my world being rocked came to fruition. In my daily quiet time, I read through the book of Ephesians. This isn’t something new for me. Ephesians is a book that I have often read and been really challenged by. But something was different today. It was as if Paul was speaking directly to me, and no one else. Now I know that isn’t the case, but Paul’s message became real and tangible for me. Chapter Four is really where this started. Paul states, “Therefore I , the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:1-6 NASB).
Paul goes on to talk about how we all have different callings. Some are called to preach, some as apostles, some as prophets and so on. What struck me was not only that we all have callings, but that these callings, if done correctly, lead to unity of the Spirit. Find you calling and pursue it. He also states that not only do we all have a calling, but that there are correct and incorrect ways of following that calling. We need to walk in a manner worthy of our calling, and he lists doing this in humility, gentleness, patience, tolerance for one another in love, and diligence, all to preserve the unity of the Spirit.
The rest of the book has a lot of great things to say to us as well, especially about the dynamics of the family relationship and how that is mirrored in the relationship of Jesus and the Church, but more on that at a later time. For now, passionately pursue God and His calling for your life, and let’s find unity among all Christians!