The Christian Obsession with “Ministry”

Many Christians, especially in church settings, focus — obsess — about finding their ministry, and they pore through 1 Corinthians 12 searching for suggestions:

Contemplation inspirational original oil painting of girl with autumn leaves orange and red next to tree by Steve Henderson

If we take time to think, and pray, we can frequently find answers to our questions without having to resort to the Celebrity Christian route. Contemplation, original oil painting by Steve Henderson, sold; licensed open edition print at Great Big Canvas, iCanvasART, and Framed Canvas Art.

“Do I have faith? or a message of wisdom? I’m pretty sure I don’t have the ability to manifest miraculous powers. What, God, do you want me to DO?”

It’s a profound question, and one that we ourselves can answer without buying yet another how-to book from a Celebrity Christian. Rather, let’s look at Scripture, pray, and listen to God’s still small voice, a voice that is challenging to hear unless we’re being still ourselves. Consider this thought:

Our “ministry” consists not so much in what we do for God, but in who we are.

If you find yourself wondering, like we all do, how to best use your years on this planet, then please click through to read, Looking for Your Ministry? 5 Ways to Find It, at my blog, Commonsense Christianity, BeliefNet. The answers are different than what you’ll find in a Celebrity Christian “how-to” book — and they’re free.

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Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. She writes about life, art, and the art of life.
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4 Responses to The Christian Obsession with “Ministry”

  1. Lisette Defoe says:

    It is the many books written on the subject. Lets live unto God in everything we do, eh?

  2. Move Those Mountains! says:

    Bill Wilson of Metro Child says that the ‘Need is the call’ and that there are opportunities for ministry all around us every day, if we keep our eyes open. That really makes sense to me.

    • It makes absolutely no sense that God, who shows no partiality, would consider some of his children “lesser” than the others, and give them little of value to do. Everything that He gives to us to do is of worth, but we don’t understand this when we approach everything with the mind of man, as opposed to a mind focused on the Spirit of God.

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