If there is one thing I have learned these past two years in ministry it is this--ministry is not just for the chosen, but ALL are chosen and ALL are called into ministry.
I used to be that girl that watched people "in ministry" speaking and leading worship and thought they were the chosen ones; they were the ones who had their lives together and they were the "holy" ones. I envisioned an imaginary line drawn between people in ministry and the rest of us. This belief was quickly dispelled as soon as the Lord invited me into His Own!
I remember believing that I had nothing worth sharing. I was no prodigal daughter with a dramatic return home. I had no mystical experience of the Lord that set my life a blaze. My life was pretty simple, ordinary, and honestly...quite boring! I even told Kara and Maria, "I don't have anything that will inspire these people!"
What a reality check.
As I was immersed into His Own, I quickly realized that ministry was not about what I could contribute; it was not about me at all but rather, what the Lord wanted to reveal. It sounds cliche, but truthfully, ministry is not about what we have to offer. Ministry is about what the Lord has to offer us. I am human, I am imperfect, I am weak, and I am in need of a Savior. This is what I have found to be true being in this ministry for two years! The Lord does not call the perfect into ministry, He calls the human, the imperfect, the weak, those in need of a Savior.
This is you and me.
We are all called to ministry. Ministry is simply bringing Jesus where ever we go. If you are a stay at home mom, you bring Jesus to your children. If you are working in the corporate world, you bring Jesus to your coworkers. If you are a musician, you bring Jesus to your gigs. If you are an athlete, you bring Jesus on the field. The truth is, there is no line drawn between people "in ministry" and the rest of us. We are all called to bring Jesus. Our ministries will look different from one another, but one is not greater than the other. Just because I stand in front of crowds of people to speak and lead worship does not make me any "holier" or "worthy."
I am human, I am imperfect, I am weak, and I am in need of Savior. Welcome to ministry, y'all!
"Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be." - St. Therese of Lisieux