A clear purpose
“This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.”
Romans 1:1 NLT
Paul, was convinced and clear on three things of his ministry:
- His position before Jesus was as a slave; it imply that he was not anymore the master of himself, he knew that he had not right to himself, and neither was to do what he wanted in ministry.
- That God had selected him for the ministry; that is to say, his call was not a personal desire but God.
- That the purpose of being elected to the ministry was to obey and be sent by the Sender, that is God, to preach the Good News.
How different from the example given by the Apostle are many ministries that some people develop today, where:
- To be a slave of Jesus Christ is not supported for who called himself as “son of the King.” When being a child of the King of kings is considered as the only Christian identity, the tendency is to always demand the best for him, becoming the center of the universe; there’s no space to rights denial, and the suffering is unimaginable for the royalty.
- The divine election, be dependent on “auto-call” to ministry. The problem of who is “self called” to the ministry, is that you don’t know what will he want to do, if God or personal.
- Obeying God and proclaim their message goes to a second place; the fundamental is to preach about “my rights” and “my blessings,” and to listen it message the people should go to the person, because he will not go them.
What about you? Are you clear about the purpose of your call?
© David García Licona – February 2014