Not Everyone That God Has Given An Assignment To Is Called To Work Within The Four Walls Of A Church

by Tereciah on December 13, 2012

Not Everyone That God Has Given An Assignment To Is Called To Work Within The Four Walls Of A Church

Wow! Did I actually say that? Well, yes!

For some of you, you’re thinking, “Finally! Someone get’s it!” and for others this may hit a nerve.  But in order for you to grow you first must know!

When people hear the word ministry they automatically associate it with working in or being a part of a church.  Well let me clearly state that ministry is more than working within the four walls of a church.  It is more than being a member of the clergy for a denomination and it is more than preaching at a pulpit. 

For some of you this topic will hit home, for others I’m hoping you’ll get a better understanding that can propel you into moving forward in your desire to create the change you were called to do. 

When you have a deep desire to serve God with all that He has placed within you, you can sometimes wonder if that means having to serve Him inside a church or religious organization, and if you do would you be looked upon as selling out to the world.

I know I have. I wondered what people would think if I used the word ministry in my business name but I wasn’t a church.  I wondered if church people would respect me or condemn me because I wasn’t using all my strengths and abilities in a church setting and eventually, I had my aha moment.

Not everyone that God has given an assignment to is called to work within the four walls of a church.  I would write that sentence again, but I don’t want you to stop reading.

We are called to serve. 

The word serve in the dictionary is defined as “to furnish or supply with something needed or desired.”

Jesus himself said “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

How you do you serve? With your abilities, with knowledge you’ve gained; with gifts and talents; with wisdom.

You serve by providing that home where run-away teens can sleep safe at night.  You serve by providing hot meals to the homeless.  You serve by teaching patients that modern medicine isn’t always the answer to life’s ailments.  You serve by giving haircuts and blow-dries to autistic children.  You serve by going into the prison system and teaching inmates about God through reading programs.  You serve by establishing a non-profit organization to help children that have been sexually, mentally or physically abused.

When you look at the word ministering, it is “to give service, care, or aid; attend, as to wants or necessities: To contribute, as to comfort or happiness.”

When you serve you give of yourself to and for the benefit of others.  You have a deep desire to see people do better, be better, live better.  You are serving you.

The way you bring forth your purpose is based upon the task God has for you to accomplish.  Serving is more than a person singing in the choir, serving on the deacon board, or ushering the saints to their seats every Sunday.  When an individual manifests God’s kingdom here on earth through their acts of obedience then they are doing ministry.  They are serving.

There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 1 Corinthians 12:5 

Too many times I have came across individuals that God has placed a desire on their hearts and because of the customs and religious rules of man, they are being stifled in how they bring forth their purpose.

I am not sure how it came about but some are being led to believe that their anointing is just for a particular church or denomination.  If you can sing, join the choir.  If you can teach, teach a Sunday school class.  Don’t get me wrong, I strongly, let me repeat, strongly believe that if you have been gifted and anointed with gifts and talents that can benefit your local Body of Christ, then you should seriously consider using them within those four walls.  What I don’t want people to think is that it’s the only area you are able to utilize your gifting.  It’s not.   

So how do you know if you are called outside of the church?  By the leading of the Spirit of God. 

If you are called outside the four walls of a church then welcome to being a Kingdom Entrepreneur doing Kingdom Ministry.

A Kingdom Entrepreneur is someone that has a market place ministry.  They are doing business in the “secular” world but they are doing it (or should be) according to the sovereign Lord ways.

Someone can have a desire to minister to the lost and broken but they don’t necessarily do it with a podium and a microphone preaching, but through inspirational and motivational speeches. They can do it with pen and paper or walking the streets physically helping and encouraging the wayward and lost.

You can be in business and still serve God.  Your business is your pulpit.  Your area of calling is your pulpit. You can reach individuals in so many ways! 

Do you want to be a designer? Reach and change your industry by glorifying God in how you present your clothing line.  Want to be a sports star?  Then do so by how you behave on the field and in the public eye.  Want to be a singer, an actor, a filmmaker, an author, or maybe a good old preacher?  Well use your gifting to change lives around you – for the good.  God allows you to have areas of influence so you can bring about His will and therefore cause others to see what He can do in their lives as He has done in yours.

So here is what I want you to do today.  I want you to determine right now that you will no longer allow doubt and the impressions of man to rob you from moving forward in living your life on purpose. Move forward and do!

To your greatness!

©Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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