Don’t Worry About Your “Ministry”

Over the years, I?ve occasionally had first-time visitors inform me within minutes of meeting them, that they had a teaching ?ministry.?

When I hear this I think, ?We have a ministry of setting up chairs that has a spot just for you.?

I?ve heard people encouraged to ?find their ministry.? ?There are ?spiritual gift assessments? so that you can figure out your particular gifts and potential ministry.

Here?s my advice: Forget trying to figure out your ministry. ?Pursue Jesus and start serving wherever you can.

As a young believer I was concerned because I didn?t know what God was calling me to in life. ?A wise man told me: ?Take care of the depth of your character and the Lord will take care of the breadth of your ministry.?

Have you ever considered that David was 30 when he was installed as king?? What was he doing till then? ?Building his character in obscurity. ?For many years he faithfully served his father by watching sheep – not exactly a glamorous calling. ?Then he spent a long time on the back side of a desert fleeing from Saul, cultivating qualities like trusting God, patience, and faithfulness.

Before God used Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt he spent 40 years in the desert, also tending sheep. ?Little did Moses suspect that his ?ministry? would be to lead God?s flock for 40 years in the desert.

Do you feel like God has somehow ?set you aside?? ?Do you feel like you?re not being very ?useful? or ?successful? in the kingdom? ?Don?t focus on your success, usefulness, or ministry. ?Focus on Christ. ?Pursue him. ?Serve wherever and whenever you can, no matter how insignificant the service. ?God saved you for his glory – he?ll make sure he fulfills his purpose for you.

photo by Reza Vaziri

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.