Servant-hood, the Ultimate Calling.

I go to a bible college. My days are spent studying in an attempt to gain knowledge about the bible, and the way God has called us, as believes to live. I learn about the stories in the Old Testament. Not just Moses and David, but the obscure stories most people don’t know about. I study Greek so that I may be able to read the New Testament in its original language. I will be paying on loans, for years, in order to attain more knowledge about God, and His inspired word, the Bible. A noble cause by many standards.

You may be similar to me. Spending your time in school studying ministry. You may be a graduate of a bible school, out doing the things you learned to do. You may be an electrician who has spent years in church and different programs learning about his faith, ministering to those he comes in contact with.  You may be a new believer, just trying to figure out this whole God thing. Maybe your not a believer at all, maybe your skeptical of the whole idea of God, perhaps you even hate the idea of God.

Regardless of where you are at, I have a challenge for us. A challenge for the church, a challenge for all people.

Did you know that your purpose as a Christian isn’t to learn as much as you can about God?

Did you know that your point of existence as a believer isn’t to learn all the stories in the bible?

Did you know that if all you do with your life, is study the character of God, that your life will not be “good enough”?

So what is the point of existence for a believer?

“so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky”
Philippians  2:15

Learning about God, knowing all the stories in the bible, being able to list all the qualities of God? These aren’t bad things. They are very good things. But they aren’t our purpose. Those things aren’t the reason we are here. Those things aren’t the ultimate calling of God.

Knowledge is not the fulfillment of Gods calling, ministry is the fulfillment of Gods plan on earth.

Wherever you may be, passion filled believer, or staunch atheist there is only one fulfillment of Gods desire for humanity.

Ministry.

If you are a believer on fire for Christ? Go minster to the staunch atheist. A thousand years in the classroom will not save the lost. A decade of studying won’t fulfill Gods vision for His remnant on earth.

Now remember I am a bible college student. I think that studying the word of God is one of the best things a person can do. I do not suggest spiritual education is a failure of Gods desire for humanity, but I do believe that a life spent only studying the word of God, is a life wasted.

If those of us, in our time of preparation, do not aggressively pursue opportunities to minster. I would suggest that the things we are studying have not taken root in our hearts. That those of us who submerge ourselves in learning, but fail to show the truth to those in need, live the ultimate lie.

Knowledge is the most powerful tool of mankind.  But to live a life of ministry? That allows Gods full power to be displayed.

Gods power is much greater than that of Man.

“so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky”
Philippians 2:15.

Paul describes the ultimate goal of a believer. To shine like stars in a world of corruption and sin.

I’m no astrologer. I really don’t know a whole lot about stars. I can’t tell you what they are made of, or why they give off light. But, I do know that they are beautiful, that they shine light down on the earth, even In the darkest of nights they cast a light.

Did you know that many stars we see in the night sky are “dead”?

Those stars are so far away, and their light so bright, it takes years for the light to travel to earth. So when you look into the night sky you can see the light of stars that have been “dead” for years.

This is the true completion of Gods calling for humanity. To be like those stars. To shine the light of God to a generation living in darkness, a generation in desperate need of a light.

Today, I choose to not simply bury myself in a life of learning. Today, I choose to pursue ministry in all I do. Today, I choose to, shine, like a star to those lost in the darkness of the night.

Make that choice, Study hard and Learn as much as you can. But not so that you can have a P.H.D. after your name, but so that Gods light, may shine all the brighter through you. So that one day you may hear the words,

“Well done my good and faithful servant”

Strive to shine Gods love so that many may believe. So that many more will be able to hear themselves, declared good and faithful servants, on that final day.

If we pursue a life of shining God’s love, there is but one question left to answer,

“How do we shine that light?”

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
 rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[ of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
 And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death
        even death on a cross!

Ephesians 2:6-8

In his time on earth Jesus did not lock himself away in a tower to muse over ancient texts and ask questions of the stars. Jesus spent time learning and spent time in prayer. He was always prepared for the tasks that lay before him. Yet, Jesus did not spend all of his time in preparation. Jesus spent much of his time making himself a servant, humbling himself. Jesus spent his time speaking truth, and showing love to the lost. Jesus did not equate his knowledge with power, but He gave His power to ministry.  This is the fulfillment of God’s plan for us.

Jesus gave his life not to study, but to service. There is perhaps no greater way to shine the love of God, than service. Study, Jesus, so that you may serve, and therefore shine His light.

So that you may shine like a star in the sky.

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7 thoughts on “Servant-hood, the Ultimate Calling.

  1. What an inspiring post!

    For me, the challenge in understanding the Bible was to accept that it was only half the story – the story of Earth, but not of Heaven. Christ, possessing both halves of the story, reads it and does not need to study because he knows that in its entirety it is the story of love inexorably lifting the world out of darkness. It is we of faith that accomplish that work. In performing it, all that we really need from the Bible is its witness to the power that stands behind our capacity to love. Let us then write our own gospel of works!

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  2. Yay you, recognizing that not just those who attended Bible College are in full time ministry! Every single one of our lives should be dedicated full time ministry from the mundane such as doing the laundry to how we communicate with others , all others. Col 3:23 Sometimes learning is part of the ministry we are created for, so that we can be deepened in knowledge but it is not the end goal. You sure did get that right!

    I hear so many people talking about “Oh I want to go into full time ministry.” as if the rest of us are living a lesser life in Christ than they want to have. How very silly. Instead, what they really want is to serve in the church or to serve the homeless or to whatever… but it makes it seem oh so much more special in some Christian circles if they want to be “in ministry”. We are ALL in ministry, even if we don’t see it.

    No matter what we do, we should be the light of Christ in the world for it is a dark and dreary place for so many people!

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  3. evan,

    this posting was delightful in reading but hard to sccept at times. There is still the sting of the stima to be accepted in christian culture one must be actively ministering. dont ever let your star shine fade many will try to subdue it. I wish to believe this but the reality is much harder than the dream.

    Altar&Well

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