We look up to those who have answered the call of full time service in local churches. They deserve honor, respect, and above all our support and prayers. We may feel we have little to offer to the body of Christ to advance His kingdom. Truly, God will use as vessels those who are available and willing to do as He directs. Ask Him where you can best minister to others. Most congregations and communities in their midst have many needs waiting to be met. Tell your pastor you are ready to help in any way you can. Every job done for Jesus is a ministry. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men (Colossians 3:23 NKJ).”
Many wrongly believe ministry is only the role of leaders of the flock. The Lord holds opportunities for each of us. We can influence lives of people our pastors could never reach. Some churches regularly do a ministry search, using questionnaires to determine the best place to fit each volunteer. Leaders can then fill openings in teaching, outreach and ministry. Do you enjoy working with children, youth, or adults? Teachers and assistants are always in demand. Have friends commented that you have a flair for decorating or cooking? Hospitality is a valuable ministry and your gifts can touch many. Do you realize the numerous needs of the elderly? Many have household and yard work chores; women would appreciate simple vehicle maintenance. What about your day job? It becomes a ministry when done to please the Lord. Every job can be a ministry; find your place, roll up your sleeves and keep busy!