By Pastor Gary Mason
Oftentimes I see Christians with the potential to be great leaders in the body who are looking around for a place to minister and they often miss the most obvious one that is right in front of them. The reason is that they are looking for a title or position in the body rather than fulfilling the role of leadership. You see we must understand that leadership is a calling and not necessarily a position. I know who might say that’s easy for you to say you have position as a pastor. However, the real truth is that as I look back over my ministry life I was acting as a leader long before I ever gained a position in leadership.
True ministry is found in serving others. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 18:16, “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” I heard the Holy Spirit tell me one day that rather than just waiting for ministry opportunities to show up, I needed to start operating in my gifting and as I am faithful to do that ministry opportunities will open up more and more.
So here are a few everyday ordinary ways that you can take opportunities to minister to others even if you don’t have a “position” that requires it from you and as you minister to others I know that you will find fulfillment in your life and calling.
- Lay Hands on someone and pray.
- Be mindful of listening to the Spirit and share a word of encouragement if He gives you one.
- Give someone a scripture.
- Write someone a note.
- Give a gift or some cash to someone just to be a blessing.
- When you see someone living right as a Christian… tell them. (How they worship and praise God, Their attitude. Their attention to others. Their friendliness. Etc.)
- In every opportunity show genuine care and affection for others.
- Go out of your way to see that others feel welcome at church and know what is up and coming in the church schedule that they can take part in.