The most welcoming sign a man can see when he has a need for employment is HELP WANTED. The words can invoke various emotions such as hope, curiosity, even anxiety. Walking into a place of business with resume in hand and stating to a complete stranger “I am here to apply for the position of……” can cause a person to feel vulnerable. The first thing to discover is what qualifications are required for the given position. If a candidate has the right qualifications they may get to go through the process of being interviewed. Some questions are really uncomfortable to answer. Such as “why do you want to work for company x?” An honest answer might be “I do not know if this is a place I want to work!” Then there is the job history questions such as “why did you leave your last place of employment?” What the interviewer is trying to find out is what kind of employee you are. The inevitable two-part question is asked “what skills do you have and are you trainable?” Usually not stated that bluntly but the question is generally asked during an interview. It is affirming to hear the words “we have been looking for someone like you. When can you start?” It is after a person is employed that the negative aspects of the job become known.
Recently I have joined the ranks of job seeker. To paraphrase some of the last words from my previous boss “I know you desire to work in full-time ministry, maybe this would be a good time for you to pursue that.” the words were meant as a way to soften the blow of being let go due to business conditions. I did not take the opportunity to explain I am in full-time ministry just not vocational ministry. Every follower of Christ is called into a ministry and a few are blessed with serving in a vocational ministry. The primary work of any Christian should be to reach a lost world with the gospel message.
To emphasize how much opportunity exists I will use simple math using round numbers. I attend a church of 200+ people. My city of residence is 100,000+ people. If every person in the church I attend shared the gospel of Christ with 5 people a week, for a total of 1,000 people a week, it would take about two years to reach the equivalent of the city I live in. A recent statistic revealed only 10% of Christian church attenders have shared the gospel in the last year. No work shortage just a lack of willing workers.
Jesus told his disciples in Luke 10:2 …… “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. On that day Jesus posted a ‘HELP WANTED’ sign. A list of job requirements would include;
- Must have a personal relationship with Jesus.
- Must have a changed life due to a relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Must be trainable. (Romans 12:2) Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
- Must be willing to share the gospel of Christ with others.
- Must be willing to give up personal desires to show the love of Christ.
Unlike a secular job, a person can know what to really expect when doing ministry work. To accept the work of bringing in a harvest for the kingdom of God will require a life long commitment. Most likely you will be ridiculed and rejected by the outside world. Some will lose material possessions, homes, even family. Some will be imprisoned or killed for accepting this assignment. On a positive note the rewards are truly out of this world by storing up for yourself treasures in heaven, and there is never a shortage of work. Being committed to sharing the gospel will bring others to Christ and they can be saved them from an eternal punishment. The good news is you can start today! Don’t worry about not being trained, the Holy Spirit will help you if you allow. Will you start now?
Rev. Burt Schwab