Adrian Rogers says, “We’re in the business of serving the Lord, and God has given to every one of us a ministry.”
As we mature in our faith, we are called to find our place of service. The days we’re living are desperate; it’s time we discover our individual ministry to serve the Body of Christ.
Romans 12 offers four principles to remember when discovering our ministry.
The first principle is lordship. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
Before we ask God for answers about our ministry, we must present ourselves for His service. We must remember that He has shown tremendous mercy, that when we were rebels, God saved and secured us. We are required to present ourselves to Him as living sacrifices. As a result, we will be transformed. When we present ourselves as living sacrifices, our inner nature, which is Jesus, comes to the surface and people see Him through us. With our minds renewed to look like Christ’s, we are able to make assessments that we could never make before. We are able to think, not with human rationality, nor human intellect or intuition, but with divine guidance.
The second principle is membership. “…so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another…” (Romans 12:5).
Many of us don’t know our ministry, because we’ve looked for it outside of the Body of Christ. We need each other, and to say otherwise is sheer pride and arrogance.
The third principle is stewardship. “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…” (Romans 12:6).
We are stewards over the gifts God has given us; we must use them wherever and however God guides us.
The final principle is fellowship. “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another…” (Romans 12:10).
If we abide by these four principles, God will use us so deeply for one another to prove what is good and acceptable; we will be examples of the perfect will of God.
Apply it to your life
Have you discovered your ministry? Abide by the principles of lordship, membership, and stewardship; continue in fellowship with other believers.