Who is in full time ministry? Or do we believe only those who are salaried by the church are in full time ministry? What is the definition of full time ministry?
I believe that we are all in full time ministry! My definition of full time ministry is anyone who is a Christ follower, and represents Christ and His Kingdom. If you are a student – you are in full time ministry at school or varsity. If you are employed and or own a business – you are in full time ministry in the market place! If you are salaried by your local church – you are in full time ministry within your local church! – Col 3 vs 23 to 24 – Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord.
Our God is the one who places us in different geographical areas, places of work, schools, and universities for His own glory! Acts 17 vs 26 From one man He made every nation of humanity to live all over the earth, fixing the seasons of the year and the national boundaries within which they live. ISV
Our role is to represent God’ kingdom well at all times. I get very encouraged by Ruth in the Bible. She chose to leave behind her culture, her family, her gods and everything that she has ever known. She chose to follow the Jewish culture (which was the representation of the Kingdom culture at the time) and allow the one true God to direct her new season and set boundaries of where she should dwell.
Ruth 1 vs 14 to 16
Again they wept loudly, and Orpah kissed her mother in law, but Ruth clung to her. Naomi said, look, your sister in law has gone back to her people and to her gods. Follow your sister in law. But Ruth replied, don’t plead with me to abandon you or to return and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go and wherever you live, I will live, your people will be my people and your God will be my God.
She decided to take ownership of her FAITH! When she got the opportunity to glean and gather food among the sheaves behind the harvesters, she did so with integrity, a heart posture full of gratitude and attitude of working hard unto the Lord.
Where ever God chooses to place you, know that you are in ministry! You have been an opportunity to partner with God in that particular place. Your role is to represent Him and preach the Gospel in speech, behaviour, works and honour!
You are in full time ministry!
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