As a pastor, I have always strongly believed that I was called by God to do the work that I am doing, and that I was called by God to be where I am now. I share this feeling with all of those who work in ministry, whether they serve as local church pastors like me, denominational workers, missionaries, or many other such jobs. The knowledge that God has called us is what enables us to do what we do.
However, being called by God does not make us unique or special. The reason for that is that God has called us all. Yes, even you! In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul wrote “Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches”
(1 Corinthians 7:17).
Let’s take a minute to break down what exactly this verse means. By each person, Paul is of course referring not just to “ministers,” but to all Christian believers. He says that God has assigned each person a place in life. Their job in life is to live life as a believer in the place that God has placed them.
First, this is referring to a person’s career. Paul is essentially saying that whatever you do, do not try and put a wall up in the different parts of your life. You are not a Christian on Sunday morning and a plumber Monday through Saturday. You are a Christian plumber seven days a week, 365 days a year. This doesn’t mean you have to force your faith down the throats of every person you meet; it simply means that you should not hide who you are under and circumstance.
This also reminds us that God has placed us each in the faith fellowship that He has intended for us. I said earlier that I believed that God had placed me as the pastor of the Warwick Central Baptist Church, which is true. However, I also believe that God placed each and every one of you in this church and gave you each a responsibility for benefitting the ministry of the church. Do I fully comprehend the reasons why each person has been placed in the church? No. But I’m betting for many of you, God had placed that call on your heart.
As we begin this month our process of reopening the church, it is a chance to renew our calling with God, or maybe even start a new one. For some, the last year has naturally led to us drifting away from our purpose, but now we can refresh ourselves and find new ways of being a part of the church family. I simply ask you to pray to God, asking Him why He has placed you in this church, and how you can best serve.