Steve Ridenour Ministries

Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone." Mark 16:15

You Are Called

Every time I get a call to be a guest minister at a church I get so much joy in my heart.  I thoroughly enjoy telling others about all that Jesus Christ has done for me, what He means to me, and what He has done and will do for them.  I feel so blessed that God has called me to be a minister of His word.  As Christians, you should feel blessed that God has called you to the ministry as well.

You have been called you know.  Even before you were born, before you came into existence, you were part of God's plan.  Romans 8:29 says, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined...” Romans 8:30 continues “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; who He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” We have all been called to the ministry of God.  It is part of our responsibility as Christians to go and tell the entire world about Jesus Christ, and how He died on the cross for our sins.

Now I don't know about you, but I want to shout to the world about how much Jesus Christ loves me.  I want to go and tell every person that I can that Jesus Christ is my best friend, and that He is very much alive.  I want to be like Isaiah and answer to God's question, “Whom shall I send, who will go for Us?” My answer is, “Here I am Lord!  Send me.” I have to be honest and ask other Christians, why aren't you as excited about Jesus as I am?  Why aren't you out there on fire for God, and shouting with joy about how Jesus Christ is still so much alive, and living in you.  Are you any different than Paul whom Jesus told to “rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things I will yet reveal to you.” Here we are back to being called for the purpose of ministry.  God predestined you to be His minister.

I used to pray that God would open the door to a church for me to pastor.  I longed for the day that I would go open the doors of a building that was the church I would teach and preach in.  Then one day a pastor friend of mine opened my eyes.  Brother Jose and I were standing on the sidelines during a local high school football game.  We were discussing an upcoming Christian concert that I was promoting, and during the conversation I expressed my desire to pastor a church.  Brother Jose, who pastors a church with over a thousand members, gently and lovingly said, “Steven what do you think that God has done for you?  Why do you think that your church has to be limited to a building with four walls and a door?” Wow!  I had never really thought of my ministry in that way.  I was placing limits on how God was to use me to minister for Him.

Now, do you place limits on how God will use you to do His ministry?  I urge you to be receptive to God.  Let the Holy Spirit be your guidance in the ministry.  Do not limit yourself.  Remember you were predestined by God.  Each and every one of us has a different quality about us that God will use to reach out to a world that is in pain.  Some of us are old, and others are younger.  Some of us are called to pastor a church with four walls and a door, others of us are called to be evangelists, and others are involved in the ministry in many various diverse ways.  God calls us all to His ministry, but we all will be used in a different way.  Just as the original disciples came from different professions in life we have different professions.  Matthew was a tax collector when Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Paul was a tent maker.  Simon and Andrew were fishermen when Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” God can use anyone, no matter what their profession, in the ministry.

We have all heard of and read Matthew 28:19,20.  Jesus told His disciples, and us, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of age.” This command from Jesus is known as The Great Commission.  We are commissioned by Jesus to be ministers to the world.  To be commissioned means to be appointed, nominated, designated, or chosen.  We have a responsibility to our Lord to go out and tell the world the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We all are presented with the opportunity to be ministers each day of our lives.  Being a minister doesn't necessarily mean that you have to have a church building, or even a full time ministry.  There are many ways to be involved in the ministry of God's word.  One form of ministry that is very often overlooked, but is extremely effective, is your testimony.  If you were to share the excitement of how God has made a difference in your life with someone new every day, or at the least once a week, just think of the number of people that you would have reached over a years time.  So please do not place limits on the way that God could use you to do His ministry.  Open your heart and be led by the Holy Spirit.  Let yourself receive the calling of Jesus Christ as He says, “Follow me.”

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