Diversity in the Body, Who?
I know many pastors across North America and a few in other countries. Their callings are as diverse as the people on the planet and come from many walks of life. Each one is uniquely gifted to reach a certain segment of mankind.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” 1 Cor 12:12-14
Some pastors are called at an early age. Their calling is so apparent that even the casual observer can see the Lords hand on them. One such young man is the youth pastor at a local assembly we attend on a recurring basis. This young man has traveled around the world as he sought the Lord’s will for his life. His ability to speak rivals many pastors very senior to his age. He has already had huge impact for the Kingdom, I can only imagine what that will be like 10, 20 or 30 years from now.
Are we all called to minister? Yes! Some in the church, some in the marketplace and others in the jungles of Asia. Minister has many definitions, this one best describes what we are called to. Minister – a person acting as the agent or instrument of another. Yep, that sounds like a Christ follower’s mission, to act as the agent or instrument of the Lord.