Born to Minister
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:4-5.
This beautiful passage is not a love letter addressed to this person or to that believer. It is a beautiful love story penned directly to the name in the front of your own personal Bible. The words in your Book are as personable as you make them, and as applicable as you live by them. If you are breathing, God means this passage for you. Not only did He think upon us before we existed, but with His very hands and breath He also created us into existence. If that wasn’t enough He assigned us a purpose in this life more than just walking it out. He tells us that every one of us has been appointed as a prophet. The translation for prophet is ‘one who has been called’. That puts all of us and our lives on the hook for living out what God originally planned for our lives. Ephesians 2:10 echoes this Old Testament reality. ‘But we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ God created us with special strengths and talents, but they aren't activated in power and purpose until we have been created a second time by believing in and accepting Christ.
Every experience in our lives builds into a spiritual crescendo when strung together for the benefit of others. ‘If you are a child of God, you have a ministry. Your ministry is the ever-accruing collection of your life works for the glory of God…it’s the means by which you live out your divine purpose’ (Children of the Day, Beth Moore, p. 142.)
It is such a blessing to blog because I can clearly see future ministry births by recognizing the labor pains. When I write about those faithful women who have experienced infertility, my blog is blown up with awesome testimonies about how they persevered. When I write about my own cancer walk with my sister and dad, the comments go on and on about the faithfulness of God in their grief. Labor pains…spiritual contractions…future births.
We are not to experience our pain and suffering for nothing. Every experience that life throws our way will be used by God to build foundations for future service…good works…callings to be walked out. It is our responsibility to look over our past lives and connect the spiritual dots with our present lives. God will be faithful in shaping your future for His calling when you open His word and expect His revelations.
‘Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good…All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines’ 1 Co. 12:7, 11. ‘And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him’ Co. 12:17. ‘See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord’ Co. 4:18.