(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Dapat Maunawa ng mga Kapatid sa Pagtataglay ng Katungkulan”, for August 16, 2015)
No one receives the honor of being a servant except when God allows it (Hebrews 5:4). This means, that it’s God who calls us in the Ministry, no more no less. Even if people desire to be in the Ministry, without God’s approval, it will never be.
God calls His chosen people in different ways. Jeremiah was still in the womb of his mother when He was called and chosen by God to be a Prophet (Jeremiah 1:1-10). Saul was an antagonist of the church of God when called to be an Apostle of the Gentile people (Acts 26:12-18). Some were called in their old age like Moses (Exodus 3:7-12). No matter how they were called, one thing is for sure, they were all called by the will of God, and these are all according to His purpose (1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 12:28).
The Bible tells us that many desires to be in the Ministry of God. However, some of them desired it wickedly. There was an incident when a certain Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying of hands of the apostles. He desired for it and offered money to the Apostles. However, the Apostles did not allow it.
A person who desires the Ministry should be a good leader in his own household (1 Timothy 3:4-5). They cannot lead the church if they are not a good leader at home.
A person who desires the Ministry should never stop on studying the Scriptures (1 Timothy 1:6-7). They are supposed to teach the truth and walk on it.
Thus, desiring the Ministry is not that easy. It is a heavenly calling; therefore, it should be done in accordance to the will of the One who calls. The first thing to do is self-examination. We need to ask ourselves if we desire not on our personal gains, but according to the holy purpose of God.
Apostle Paul gave advise on this. In his letter to Timothy, he mentions about a certain criteria of those aspiring to be in the Ministry. First the intention should be noble. This means the purpose of the aspirant should be upright in the sight of God. (1Timothy 3:1)
Second, Paul tells us that he should be faithful to his wife. (1 Timothy 3:2) If he cannot offer faithfulness to his wife and family neither he cannot offer faithfulness to his holy duties.
Next, Paul tells us about certain values that an aspirant should possess. He should be temperate, self- controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. (1 Timothy 3:3-8)
The purpose of this topic is to let everyone know that Ministry is not a profession; it is a heavenly calling. Ministry is about giving one’s self voluntarily in the service of God and the members of His church.
Ministry was given to be caretakers of the faithful, not to take advantage of them, not to get rich, not to gain personal favors. Ministry was given to be teachers of the laws and commands of God. Before they preach, they should ask themselves if they are worthy of what they preach. They suppose to walk the talk and not talk all the time.
Faithful should always remember to respect them, and pray for them so they can perform the best way they can with the aid of God.