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by Rubel Shelly
From this point forward, consider yourself commissioned to do something in these and similar situations.
There aren't store managers enough for all the frightened little children or bewildered elderly people who get into distress in a mall or shopping center. There aren't enough counselors to match with people who are in pain over bad news or strained relationships. And there aren't enough ordained clergy to go around for all the people who need to find meaning in their spiritual lives.
But where did we get the idea that it takes a professional to help someone? Professionals built the Titanic, while the ark was built by amateurs!
I know, for example, what the term "ordained clergy" means. But I'm not so sure you can find either the term or the concept in your Bible. Yes, Scripture talks about people with special gifts and ministries. But one of the texts that refers to such persons says their job is to use their abilities to equip the rest of us to be helpers -- the biblical term is "work of ministry" -- to one another (Ephesians 4:12).
The idea of leaving God's work in the hands of a few professionals just isn't biblical or practical. It turns faith into Sunday performances done by a few for the critique of the many. What became of the idea that every believer is a priest? That all of us are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God?
God surely needs more evangelists and musicians, pastors and deacons. But he needs more people who can make frustrated customers feel valued for their business or frightened patients feel cared for as persons. He longs for more school teachers and bank presidents, janitors and celebrities, teens and senior citizens who take the charge to love their neighbors as themselves seriously.
God's "call" is seldom to a new role in a new place. It is more often for each of us to find Christ-focused significance for our old tasks in the same old places for the sake of people we already know.
Until you are sure he has told you otherwise, consider yourself called and commissioned for the sake of the people and places you will encounter today.
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