A few months ago I ran across an excellent article in my daily paper. The article had the heading “Every Christian Is Called To the Ministry” and was written by Rev. Tim McConnell, the pastor of Peachtree United Methodist Church in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. At the article’s heart was a list that spelled out the differences between having a job and having a ministry. (McConnell did freely admit that the list was written by an unknown author.) The list was as follows:
-If you are doing it because no one else will, it’s a job. If you are doing it to serve the Lord, it’s a ministry.
-If you are doing it just well enough to get by, it’s a job. If you are doing it to the best of your ability, it’s a ministry.
-If you’ll do it as long as it doesn’t interfere with other activities, it’s a job. If you’re committed to staying with it, even if it means letting go of other things, it’s a ministry.
-If you quit because no one praised you or thanked you, it’s a job. If you do it because you know it needs to be done, it’s a ministry.
-It’s hard to get excited about a job. It is almost impossible not to get excited about a ministry.
-People may say “well done” when you do your job. The Lord will say “well done” when you complete your ministry.
-The average church is filled with people doing jobs. A great church is filled with people involved in ministry.
McConnell ended his article by saying:
If you have a job in the church, give it up and find a ministry! God doesn’t want us feeling stuck with a job, but excited, fulfilled and faithful in a specific ministry.
About all I can say to that is, “Amen!”