“God has a plan for you!” This is what many of us heard when we came to Christ. Unfortunately some of us think that this plan was only about our future in eternity and had nothing to do with our life here and now. The Reformation brought to us a wonderful teaching, the Priesthood of All Believers. It means that all Christians not only have direct access to God, but also they have a ministry in the church and in the world. This is what the apostle Peter wrote in his first letter: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1Peter 2:9.” As you can see God called us, all of us, to a priesthood, to be a different kind of people, and to proclaim God and His grace in this dark world.
When God calls us we will need to deal with some challenges that will appear in front of us.
1. Dealing with doubts – The first thing that we will need to deal with is our doubts. Is that really God who is calling me? Am I the right person? Those are the common doubts that will come to mind when we hear that God is calling us to get involved in His Kingdom. If you are a real Christian, God is calling you. Believe it.
2. Dealing with low self-esteem – The second challenge that we will face is our self-esteem. For some of us the first thought will be: I cannot do it, or I am not good enough, or there are so many others better than I am. If God called you, and He definitely did, you will be able to do it.
3. Dealing with lack of preparation – The third challenge that we will need to deal with is the lack of preparation. People will think: I do not know what to do, or I do not know how to do it, or I do not want to go to a seminary. Preparation is a very important aspect of the Christian ministry, but you do not need to attend a seminary for years to be able to serve in a ministry. God will put people in our live to equip us to do the ministry that He is asking us to do.
4. Dealing with specific directions – Finally, we will need to deal with specific directions. Those are the questions that will come to our minds: What? Where? With whom? When? Those questions are important, and God will give you those directions. Sometimes He will give them right up front as a part of the call, but sometimes He will call you to serve, and after you respond He will guide you to the place where He wants you to serve.
The important thing in this whole process is to be able to listen to His call and to accept it by faith.
Have a blessed week,