Wednesday, June 24, 2009


"For Christ didn’t send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News." 1 Corinthians 1:17 NLT

This verse really ministers to me. In fact, I find it very freeing. I appreciate what Paul is saying. In full time vocational ministry, it is very easy to get overwhelmed. A pastor can forget what he or she has been called to do. The next thing you know, your working at a lot of different things and burning out. The same can be true for all of us. We can do too much of a good thing and not be doing the God thing.

It is important that we discover our purpose. What are we gifted at doing? Then, what are we called to do? For example, two people may be gifted at being pastors. But what about their calling? One may be called to pastor a large church in Chicago, the other is called to pastor a biker church in Detroit. Two people may be called to teach. One teaches a seniors Sunday school class, another mentors street kid's.

Understanding our purpose enables us to enjoy our calling, serve with passion and effectiveness. Sometimes we have to rearrange our lives to free up time and energy to do what God has called and equipped us to do. Pray and ask God to show you what he plans for you to do. Don't feel guilty about saying no to something that is a distraction.

What has God called you to do with your life? what are you doing? What is getting in the way? What are you going to do about it?

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