Now you belong to him…in order that you might be useful in the service of God. Romans 7:4 (TEV)
When I started in the ministry, the topic then was, “full-time service” or “part-time service.” It means that when you pastor a church, you must resign from all your other obligations and just concentrate on pastoring a local church even though the salary is not sufficient to feed a family. If you hold on to two jobs, they say, you are “full-time” in your first job and you are part “part-time” in your second job.
My perspective was changed when I was placed in the same situations. When Central Assembly of God invited me to pastor the church, I was working at ICI, teaching a course at Bethel Bible Institute (gratis), and serving as National Youth Director (gratis). I was young then and the traffic in Manila was not heavy. I was “full-time” in my three jobs.
Regardless of your job or career, you are called to full-time Christian service. A “non-serving Christian” is a contradiction in terms. The Bible says, “He saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done, but because of his own purpose” (2 Timothy 1:9 TEV).
Peter adds, “You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you” (1 Peter 2:9 GW). Growing up, you may have thought that being called by God was something only missionaries, pastors, and other full-time church workers experienced, but the Bible says every Christian is called to service (Ephesians 4:4 –14; see also Romans 1:6–7; 8:28–30; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 9, 26; 7:17; Philippians 3:14; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 1:3).
When you use your God-given abilities to help others, you are fulfilling your calling. The Bible says, “Now you belong to him … in order that you might be useful in the service of God” (Romans 7:4 TEV). Furthermore, Jesus said, “…let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16 NLT). What does it mean? It means that your work should always reflect the saving grace of Christ in your life – you are called to proclaim His salvation not only by words of mouth but by your own actions.
By: Pastor Abraham Visca | Adapted from Daily Hope by Rick Warren
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