This one is written the same as yesterday, but from the other side.
I guarantee in every church of more than 20 people, there’s someone in the pulpit waiting to be asked to do something.
The local church is not your personal personality cult. To hog the limelight when there are people waiting to step into the gap… you’ll only have yourself to blame the day after a difficult blowup at the church.
Why hasn’t the pastor picked you?
7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. Numbers 12:7 (KJV)
35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever. 1 Samuel 2:35 (KJV)
14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king’s son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house? 1 Samuel 22:14 (KJV)
13 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their brethren. Nehemiah 13:13 (KJV)
2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 (KJV)
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2 (KJV)
THere’s a word in common there. Start being that word.
Here’s the first thing. Be faithful.
- Faithful in prayer. Start everyday. Just 5 minutes a day. Grow from there.
- Faithful in the word. Read every day. Set a once a year through the Bible reading pattern. By the second year – if you really want to be used by the Pastor in something – twice a year. If you are aiming for the ministry, and have a CALL to the ministry, you had better be willing to increase that to three times a year!
- Faithful in church. Aim for every Sunday morning at first. Then after a couple of months, aim for every Sunday night. Once you’re there, aim for every Wednesday night prayer service.
- If your church has Bible class before Church, aim for that as well. I’ve got some questions about Bible classes the way they’re done, and I’ll be getting to that tomorrow!
Bottom line – if you want to be used in your local church – be faithful. If the Pastor is not responding, ask him. talk to him. THe pastor charge of my seminary is acutally one of those who the Pastor of his church (Gary Stieff) never recognized at first as being called to the Ministry. After that… there you go. Once the Pastor realized, he recognized the pastor of my SEminary as being called to the Ministry.
This could be your story as well.