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What Does it Mean to Be in Ministry?

If you’ve ever thought, “I can’t talk to her about Jesus, that’s the pastor’s job,” then this post is for you!

Today, we’re unpacking the truth that every woman who is following Christ is in full-time ministry.

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You Are Called

This month, I have been focusing on the idea that we are called. I am a huge believer that every woman who is serving the Lord is in ministry, and I’m going to talk about what it actually means to be in ministry.

It’s Not “Them” and “Us”

Sometimes, I think that Christians get a little bit caught up in the misconception that there’s a “them” and an “us” in regards to ministry– there are the pastors, the people who work for the church full-time, etc., and then there’s those of us who sit in the pews each Sunday.

It feels like we aren’t in ministry because we’re not doing these kinds of jobs, but in fact, there is nothing further from the truth.

We All Have Questions

I grew up with two teachers who were also children’s evangelists. We traveled all through the summers and were super involved in church, but they didn’t get a paycheck. I ended up following the will of God and didn’t end up in a ministry-based job. I did earn degrees at a Christian college, but I ended up in the business sector.

While I knew I was in the place I was supposed to be, I felt bad at times when I saw friends I had gone to college with that became missionaries, pastors’ wives, or even pastors themselves.

I knew I was exactly where God wanted me to be– I had prayed about the man I married and we started a business together. But, sometimes, I felt bad because I felt I wasn’t in ministry like I had been as a child.

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I asked myself, “Am I where God wants me to be?” And He would always say, “You are where I want you.”

What Does it Mean to be in Full-Time Ministry?

I had to take a different look at my life, and realize that full-time ministry isn’t what I thought it was. You see, it’s actually much more simple than that.

When you have asked the Lord into your life, are serving Him, following Him, seeking after Him, and spending time with Him, then you are in full-time ministry. You have a calling on your life that no one else has.

A friend of mine described it like this: “God’s purpose for you is like a puzzle piece, and you are the only person that can fit that particular piece.”

Maybe you realized that traditional ministry isn’t where you feel you fit in, and if so, that’s alright. Even if you haven’t found the place you feel you fit just yet, it doesn’t mean that you haven’t been called. It simply means you’re still looking for your fit.

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There Are So Many Opportunities

What many of us don’t realize, is that we have the potential to minister to people right where we are.

If you are a stay-at-home-mom, you are in one of the biggest mission fields you could ever have. You impact your children’s’ lives daily, and teaching them to grow up in the ways of the Lord is a ministry.

In my own case, God has used my place in the business sector to allow me to minister to people as well. My husband and I employ over a dozen people right now, and anytime we hear of a struggle that an employee is having or if we ever feel a need to simply bless them, we can let them know that we are praying for them. I fully believe this is why He consistently reminded me that I was in the place He wanted me to be.

You Can Do Those Things Too

Sometimes, we put a lot of pressure on our pastors and other worship leaders to do things like praying for our sick friends and family members, or other issues that we see come up in our lives and the lives of those around us.

We forget that we can do those things ourselves. If you have asked the Lord into your life, then there are people that you can reach out to. You can pray for them, and if you need help, there are people above you that you can reach out to for training.

We have to shift our way of thinking and say, “It’s not the pastor’s job to reach my friend. It’s mine. I am called to this family, this area, this community, and this workplace.”

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Our Struggles Can Be our Gifts

I saw a quote on Pinterest once that has stuck with me. It said, “You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.”

Pretty powerful, right?

Sometimes, we don’t consider ourselves in full-time ministry because we’ve done things in our past or dealt with struggles. That quote tells us that the things we are going through or have gone through have been for a purpose. It doesn’t mean that God is mad at you or trying to punish you. It means that He trusts you enough to use what you’ve been through to reach someone else.

Use What is in Your Hand

There are verses in the Gospels that detail Jesus’ parable of the talents. In them, three men were given talents (money). The first was given the largest amount, the second a bit smaller, and the third, the smallest.

You’re probably wondering what this has to do with your ministry, right?

We often think we need a skillset or certain qualifications to reach others, but we might find that we have things already “in our hands” that we can use as a path to ministry that will surprise us.

For example, I have a friend who shared her washer and dryer with someone she knew because that person’s washer and dryer had broken. She said, “Come on over. Do your laundry at my house. We’ll have a cup of coffee, and we’ll chat.”

What do you have in your hand? Are you a great cook? Can you go out to new moms and help them by teaching them or bringing them food? Are you a young, single woman who can offer to babysit? Maybe, you have a washer and dryer someone can use. Whatever it is, you can use it for the Kingdom of God.

The best part is, whatever you use, God will multiply it.

At the end of that parable, Jesus said, “Whoever is given much and whoever uses what they’ve been given, will be given even more.” The man from the tale that used his talents was given more because he did as he was supposed to do.

That’s all God asks of us. He doesn’t tell us to wait until we have tons of money or a huge house. He says, “Use what you have. Be faithful with that, and I will give you more.”

Be Faithful

I have been focusing on a specific word, and my focus word came from Luke 16:10. It says, “Whoever is faithful with little will also be faithful in much.”

I chose the word faithful because it goes along with so many aspects of our lives, especially in full-time ministry.

If you are faithful in your little moments, like sharing God’s love with your washer and dryer, He will be faithful to give you more. He will extend your circle of influence with others. God is always faithful to guide us so that we know who to reach.

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you. And I will show you great and mighty things that you do not know.”

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Keep Reaching Out

With both the podcast and the blog posts, we’ll be diving deeper into this topic, so I encourage you to follow along. Next week, we will be talking about how God has a purpose for the passions that He’s put into your life.

I hope you enjoyed the post, and if you have any questions or a comment about the topic, please send me an email at [email protected] or connect with me over Facebook or Instagram. I’d love to hear from you.

Until then, I’ll see you next week!