Sometimes in the church world you hear the word “call” referring to Christian ministry. A question like: “When were you called to ministry?” is often used when a pastor is being looked at by a church. That question is usually followed by “why do you believe God is calling you here?”
We are all called by Christ to “follow Him” (Matt 4:19) and to “make disciples” (Matt 28:19) but some are specifically called to roles like missionaries, evangelist, deacons, and pastors to name a few.
In 2004, when I completely surrendered my life to Christ, I recognized that surrendering my entire life included my future goals and career to wherever the Lord desired to use me. For most people that doesn’t necessarily mean vocational ministry, but over time my desire to serve in vocational ministry grew leaps and bounds.
I prayed for over two years that the Lord would open a door of opportunity to leave my job of almost six years at Texas Instruments to serve at a church or on the mission field. He finally opened a door February 2009 when I received a call to accept a part-time position as youth minister here at the First Baptist Church in Pottsboro. Later that year, in October, I received an opportunity to serve as the campus missionary of the Baptist Student Ministry of Grayson College. A year later, I was asked to serve as the pastor of First Baptist Church here in Pottsboro. That just goes to show how fast God can open and close doors.
I never dreamed I would become a pastor, or at least I never pursued it. People told me earlier in life I would make a good pastor but I guess I just thought they were being nice. Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else even though it’s the hardest thing I have ever done. My desire is to grow into the full potential that God has created in me. I want to serve him with the passion and wisdom of the Apostles. I want to reach the people of the city of Pottsboro for Christ and grow through each experience in doing just that. I’m excited about the ministry God has entrusted me with because there’s so much potential here in Pottsboro and at First Baptist Church.
So what has God called you to? Maybe you too have a call on your life to serve in an occupational ministry. Or maybe you are only called to serve in the nursery of your church. Maybe your ministry is your neighbor or a family member. Whatever God is “calling” you to do, know that He will equip you to do it. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:24 and Hebrews 13:20-21.