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Soaring In Ministry

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Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11

Close your eyes. Breath. Think of things that you are passionate about.

Right now I want you to reacquaint yourself with promises God has spoke into your life. What do you love and what makes you unique? The things you are thinking about right now are clues to the marvelous gifts inside of you— gifts God has given you to share with others.

Unknown Territory

When God calls us to an area of ministry, we often feel under-educated, ill-equipped, nervous, and inadequate. To soar in ministry you will have to step unto unknown territory, abandon gravity and do a trust fall into God’s plan for your life.

When God breathes a dream into your heart, you may feel incompetent to accomplish something so great. When this happens, remember in times of weakness you will become strong enough to soar like eagles (Isaiah 40:31).

We serve a divine, creative God. He desires to use the uniqueness of our personality to accomplish the things He has ordained us to do. The thing I have struggled with the most in my life is comparing myself with other people. We look around and we think to ourselves, “If I had her talent, I would be used more.” “If I had his skill, I would get noticed more.” “If I had their family life, I wouldn’t be so sad.”

The truth is, you have a divine purpose for your life. God desires to take your flaws, strengths, weaknesses and your past and use them for an instrument of ministry. 2 Corinthians 10:12 explains that when we compare ourselves with anyone, we become unwise. When we start comparing our appearance, popularity, relationships, talent, ability, and wealth to other people, we can feel worthless or prideful. God desires for us to accept who He created us to be.

Your passions can be used as a catalyst to accomplish greatness for the kingdom of God.

Reasoning With God

When God called me to a pulpit ministry I fought with Him because I was terrified of public speaking. At Bible College I would cry when my teacher would ask me to read a scripture in class, not because I felt the presence of God, but because I was so nervous.

When God spoke to my heart about having a teaching and preaching ministry, I began to reason with Him, telling Him all the reasons why someone else was better suited for that kind of ministry. God did not seem to care about my thoughts and my plans and it was only a matter of time before I relented my own will to His. Through the years God has surpassed my talent and limited ability by being my strength. He has brought me from the natural realm to the supernatural realm, where I completely depend on Him.

What do you want God to do in your life? It is time to soar beyond mediocrity and the mundane. It is time to ask for the unimaginable, the unthinkable, and the unprecedented. Spread your wings and enter into a new dimension and soar to a new horizon in ministry.

 

 

Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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