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4 Realities to Help Discern a Vocational Call to Ministry

“In fact, I’ve several times in my call sensed God was even giving me freedom to choose where I served.”

“In fact, I’ve several times in my call sensed God was even giving me freedom to choose where I served.”

Discerning a call to vocational ministry can be a tiring and trying experience.

I’ve had the privilege of speaking with numerous young people and couples who are possibly experiencing a call to full-time, vocational missions or ministry. They don’t always know what they are supposed to do — usually not — but they know their vocation is to be a part of the mission of Christ.

Talking with people at this stage of life is one of my favorite things to do. It fuels me in ministry to help others process their call.

Having also wrestled through this issue years ago with two teenage sons makes this something very personal to me. Obviously I have my own experience in this area of wrestling through a call to vocational ministry. My wrestling was a 10 year process.

The counsel I gave my boys came to me suddenly one day. I’m not pretending it was inspired, but it certainly is a product of my personal experience and time spent with God struggling through this issue. I’ve used this teaching many times since then.

Basically I like to help people understand that the “call”, in my understanding, is not a call to a group of people or a geographic location as much as it is to a person; the person of Jesus Christ.

That’s important, because a lot of times someone begins to sense a calling after a mission trip to a certain area and feel as if that is the place they must go to serve God. That may be the place God wants to use them, but it could be that God just wants their availability, right where they are or elsewhere and God used the specific place to stir their heart towards serving vocationally.

I’m not saying He doesn’t send people to specific places or groups of people, but I do believe He reserves the right to change that at any time, because ultimately a person is called into a relationship with God first and a location second. In fact, I’ve several times in my call sensed God was even giving me freedom to choose where I served

After establishing that the ultimate call is to the person of Christ, I share a few principles. These are actually realities — based on my experience — of the vocational call. These won’t make the decision for the person. I can’t do that. They are intended to help someone think through their calling. The person who is sensing a call can often begin to discern that this IS the call based on the way they respond to these four words.

Four realities of call of God on a person’s life is:

Irresistible

You can’t refuse this kind of call and still live at peace with God. He will still love you. You may even be successful in what you are doing, but something will always eat at you until you surrender to this type of call. (Think of Jonah on the boat, attempting to run from God — even before the storm came.) That was the case in my situation. As much as I wanted success in business — and I had some — none of that brought me peace until I surrendered to God’s will for my life.

Irreplaceable

Nothing else will satisfy a person like this call. Nothing will fill that void — that emptiness. If God’s greatest desire for a person’s life on whom He places the “call”. I found no real joy in my work, until I was serving in the career choice God wanted me to serve.

Irrevocable

God doesn’t take this call away from a person once He has placed it on their life. At times, especially when things are stressful in ministry, I have glanced at other opportunities, but I know I cannot go backwards from this call God has placed on my life. I may serve Him in a number of capacities and places over the years — I believe that could even be in business if He chose that. It doesn’t necessarily have to be as a pastor or in a local church — but I know one decision in my vocational career is solved — I work for Him. My end “product” of my life is advancing His mission — not mine.

Immediate

The call of God on a person’s life begins at the moment of the call. Often people want to get the right degree or start drawing a paycheck before they live out the call God has placed on their life. I don’t believe that’s the call. The call is to “Go” and the time is NOW. (Jesus taught this reality in Matthew 8.) That doesn’t mean the person shouldn’t gain education, experience, or even a paycheck, but if a person has received a call from God on their life the time to get started doing something towards that call is now! When I realized a vocational call to ministry was being placed on my life, I started immediately; with no promise of income or position. I simply started serving people. Opportunities and specific assignments quickly followed.

Are you feeling those four words heavy on your heart? Perhaps God is trying to get your attention.

For a Biblical example of this type calling which includes each of these four points, read Jonah’s story again.

Have you wrestled or are you wrestling through a vocational call to ministry? What was your experience?

Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he’s been helping church grow vocationally for over 10 years.More from Ron Edmondson or visit Ron at http://www.ronedmondson.com/

 
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Precisa-se de pregadores da Palavra

“Eu, de muito boa vontade, gastarei e me deixarei gastar pelas vossas almas;..”(II aos coríntios 12:15)

O pregador pode ter a eloqüência de Apolo mas se lhe faltar o conhecimento e a comunhão com Deus, seu sermão vai ser como disse Lloyd Jones “ luz sem calor“.

Trocar o púlpito por um show é roubar das ovelhas o direito de comer nos verdes pastos do salmo 23, levar para nossos púlpitos profetas com falsas profecias que expulsam demônios que não existem e alarma curas que Deus não realizou é transformar aprisco em arraial de espetáculo.

Não agüento mais jargões, frases prontas, promessas de uma exegese feita ao meu favor, não quero ser manipulado por um orador que quer um auditório radiante quando deveria querer o corpo de Cristo edificado, quero a palavra revelada em seu sentido comum mas de uma fonte boa.

Um bom sermão não nasce de um mero acaso, nasce como uma vacina, em um laboratório com anos de pesquisa, tem que nascer como diz Charles Finney “ Estudando a bíblia de joelhos até que receba a revelação Divina”

Perguntou-se em certa ocasião ao famoso evangelista H.W. Beecher:
– Quanto tempo levou para preparar o sermão desta manhã?
– Quarenta anos, foi a resposta.

Quem não goste de lê que também não goste de ensinar, se os pregadores freqüentarem mais seu quarto de estudo e de oração, nós não vamos mais ver uma igreja que sai do culto simplesmente feliz pelo o que ouviu, mas que sai se condenando porque minutos antes sua vida foi confrontada e não massageada.

Qual é o segredo de pregadores bem sucedidos como João Wesley, se não a dedicação, olha como era sua agenda:

Segundas e Terças – Grego, Historia romana e Literatura.
Quarta – Lógica e Ética
Quinta – Hebraico e Árabe
Sexta – Metafísica e Filosofia Natural
Sábado – Composição de oratória e Poesia
Domingo – Dinvidade.

Se um bom músico investe seu tempo ensaiando horas para tocar uma única musica com excelência, quanto tempo o pregador deveria investir para levar alimento verdadeiro a tantos que estão sedentos ?

– Certo Quaker velho, que encontrou seu pastor passando o tempo
numa caçada lhe disse:
– Sr. Parson, se eu fosse uma raposa, saberia esconder-me de tal
maneira que nunca me acharia.
– E onde ia se esconder?
– Em seu quarto de estudo, respondeu astutamente o Quaker.

Alan César Corrêa

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Casado, 31 anos, reside em São Bernardo do Campo -São Paulo Formação superior pela UMESP (Meio Ambiente). Cursando 4° ano – Bacharel em teologia, membro da Igreja Evangélica Batista Nacional, trabalha no ministério com jovens.

 

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