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Archive for January 16th, 2007

I came across this in an old book by Clarence E. Macartney.  I know many of you have read some of his work.  This really caught my attention because it is so true.  Especially in the day and age we live in.  Our ministers are not just preaching, pastors, evangelists or missionaries because they one day woke up and said, “oh, I want to be a preacher.”  No! I believe it is much more than that!  It is a God called occupation and if a man or woman doesn’t fulfill that call they will not only be miserable in this life but will also answer to God one day for not fulfilling His perfect will for their life.

A DIVINE OCCUPATION

The minister’s occupation is appointed of God, not of man.  The current tendency is to secularize the ministry, both its message and its office, as if the work of the minister were just the same as that of a teacher, a physician, a scientist, or an artist, only with a slightly different accent.  This has done the church no good.  It has not honored the gospel, nor strengthened the church, or brought men into the ministry.  The minister’s occupation is  a divine occupation.  “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”  Thus the ministry is a divine occupation, and the pulpit is, as our fathers used to speak of it, “the SACRED desk.”  Because the office of the minister is of divine origin, and because we have received of God, not of man, this ministry of reconciliation, the pulpit has stood secure through all the ages, in spite of the faults and limitations of those who have stood in it.  It will continue to stand, and continue to speak, until time shall be no more.

This is a God-thing people. God help us not to get so wrapped up in our selfish motives that God has to treat us like He did Jonah.  The sea-men asked Jonah, “What is your occupation?”  And that is what finally brought him back to his senses.  If God has called you then there is nothing else greater than doing service for His kingdom as ministers of the Gospel.  Don’t be afraid!  If God is for you, who can be against you?   Go and PREACH THE WORD!!! 

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