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Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)
TITLE: Called to Ministry or the Pulpit
By Randy Foncree
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Every good soldier trains before he goes to battle. In a spiritual sense, why should ministers be any different? My first three weeks in active ministry, I was “knee deep” in clothes, getting ready for the next distribution to the poor of our community. I did minister in song and word in those early years of ministry, but the bulk of my time was spent sorting clothes, handing out groceries to hungry families, and unloading trucks for our ministry distribution center. God showed me that the only way up is down. Not only down on my knees, but in what I might have considered menial tasks for the ministry. We must be willing to not be noticed. This is to work out any pride that may be in us.
If a person believes they are called to preach, my question would be how many commodes have they scrubbed? Are they willing to become the church janitor and endure complaints from people who just simply don’t understand what it takes to clean a church building. If God is to entrust us with great things, He must be able to entrust us with small things. With greater responsibility, there comes greater accountability.
I pray that anyone who feels a call to ministry will go about it the right way, and that is in wisdom, discernment, and patience. With those three in play, when it comes time to finally “grace” a pulpit, they will have a foundation of ministry that can’t very easily be shaken.
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