Often we look at ministers of the Gospel and think it’s their job, they’re paid to preach the Gospel.
First of all, I don’t know many people who wanted to be a pastor or missionary; God called them into the ministry, and they heeded the call of God to shepherd a flock or go to another country the Lord led them to because they loved God and chose to obey Him, enjoying what God has called them to do.
Second, it is not just the job of the pastors to preach the Good News. WE-clergy, you, me-ARE DISCIPLES, and therefore, called to bring the Good News to wherever we are, where God has put us, where He has called us to.
The only difference between ministers of the Gospel and us is the position for which God anointed and called them to.
We’re not to cast off the example of Christ. When we read the Gospels, we see Christ was moved with compassion when He healed people, delivered them from demon possession, reached out to those who cried out “Son of David, have mercy on me,” went to the lost and broken, those who knew they were in need of a Savior. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs in the kingdom of heaven,” as we’re told in Matthew 5:3, and Christ has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
There are places you can get into which your pastor will not be able to go, such as YOUR workplace, YOUR home at any time, and the chances of you taking your pastor to the market to help you with your grocery shopping, I’m guessing, is slim to none. You can witness while you’re grocery shopping or on a coffee break with a co-worker or if a neighbor drops by for lunch. If you ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to witness for Him, He’ll give you the opportunity. When the opportunity arises, all you have to do is seize the opportunity when the opportunity presents itself.
Will some get angry at you for telling them about Christ? Yes. Will they tell you to shut up? Yes. Will you be mocked for your beliefs? Yes. However, what if one out of the some wants to hear more about Christ and ends up accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior? Then for that one, it is worth it all, and Heaven rejoices over the one, “In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”
Plant the seed, and let the Lord worry about the watering and the harvesting of what you planted.
Have a blessed day, Everyone!
Linda A. Knowles
Thread of Hope, Inc.