How to Serve God When You’re Not a Minister
What Does It Mean to Serve God?
God’s nature is kind. He is compassionate. He is caring.
“The Lord is full of compassion and mercy” (James 5:11 NIV).
This makes me especially happy when I think about His call in my life.
When I was first called to serve Him I worried that God might ask me to be a pastor of a church. That’s really the only example I could think of to serve Him. I hadn’t been to Bible College, and I wasn’t mentally and financially prepared to return to school.
But if not a minister, then what?
Since those early days, I have learned that I can serve God no matter what my job is. I don’t need to be a clergy member to be doing what God wants me to do.
Grow where you are planted — I learned this at a Christian Retreat and it has stuck with me since. There are many ways to serve God.
A father can be serving God by leading his family in prayer at the dinner table.
A stay-at-home mom can be serving God as she raises her children to know the Lord.
A factory worker can be serving God by taking a mission trip overseas on his holidays.
A retired grandfather can be serving God by volunteering with a children’s ministry at a local church.
There are endless opportunities to serve God where you are.
God calls us to serve Him where we are. We don’t have to be an evangelist handing out Christian tracts on the street corner. (Although this may be your way to serve.)
We may simply share the joy of Christ over coffee with a neighbour, or just smiling at those we meet and going the extra mile for a friend. Even on the job, we can serve by being Christ-like to our co-workers.
How is He calling you to serve?
Remember the biblical commandment to love the LORD your God, walk in His ways, obey His commands, and: hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul (Joshua 22:5 NIV).