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Ephesians 4:11-12 (NLT)
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to EQUIP God’s people to do HIS WORK and build up the church, the body of Christ.
I once had a conversation with a young man who had listened to me minister the word. He really felt like he needed to commit his life to serving the Lord. But I observed that the only way he thought a person could serve the Lord was to hold a microphone and preach or teach from a pulpit. I was surprised. I had to start explaining to him that he could serve the Lord without being a church minister from the pulpit, that most believers have been ordained to Minister God from a platform in the world and not from a pulpit in the church.
Ananias whom the Lord sent to lay hands on Saul and open his eyes was not even an elder or a deacon at the time (see Acts 9:10-19). Priscilla and Aquila were business people (Acts 18:1-3).
But today, many people with the anointing of God upon their lives believe that the anointing has to mean that they are ministers in the church.
As anointed as David was, he knew he was not an itinerant prophet like Isaiah or Jeremiah. He knew his ministry in life was to be a king. Daniel, Nehemiah, Joseph and even father Abraham were not full-time prophets or preachers, they were doing what today’s Christians would call ‘circular’ jobs and businesses. They were in government and in business, yet were as anointed as they could be.
Go into today remembering that you are the light of the world, not just the light of the church.
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