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1 Corinthians 3:15 (NET)
If someone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
For too long many believers have believed that the only effective way to serve God is through the ‘pulpit ministry’ of ministering the word and power of God to the Church. It became that whenever a person really wanted to serve the Lord, he believed that he had to be involved one way or another in teaching the word of God to the church. This wrong understanding has created a philosophy that assumes that everyone who is serving the Lord has to become a pastor.
But this is not true. The Lord warns in James 3:1 that ‘Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers IN THE CHURCH, for we who teach will be judged more strictly’. It is only those who without doubt have been appointed by God for this work, those that would be judged if they do not teach, that should teach.
You may ask ‘how do I know whether or not I’m to teach the church?’ If you are walking in fellowship with God and growing, necessity will be laid on you to teach if you are to teach (not that it will be one of the many options). See 1 Cor 9:16. The words will be like fire in your bones if you do not teach and minister (see Jer 20:9).
If you are not walking with the Lord and growing, you will not know whether or not you are to teach the church. The biggest hindrance to walking with God and growing is rebellion and/or willful disobedience to the commands of Christ.
Go into today remembering that everyone is building something that will be tested by the Lord on that day. Whether you have been called to minister to the Church or not, you are a minister of God to your world.
Ask the Lord to help you be a faithful minister.