God Has A Ministry For You To Start!

For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.

Romans 11:29


There is a ministry inside you, something that only you can do.

Ministries are no longer bound to the four walls of a church building, but instead, they are walking all over this planet…everywhere. Let me explain how to unlock your ministry.

When I get off work each day and head home, I park my car in the garage, walk through the mudroom door and get greeted by my dogs, Harley and Charlie, as well as my wife’s kisses. I always look forward to this. Also, I look forward to relaxingRelaxing does not come natural for me, I have to do it on purpose. 

I’m the type of person who doesn’t sit still. And if I do sit still, something has to really have my attention. From very early in the morning I’m goal oriented. I want to be accomplishing something at all times. I used to think something was wrong with me because of this, but as I got to know Jesus more and more, He taught me that this was actually a good thing! But only if I could keep it in balance.

The Bible says for us to be “well balanced” (see 1 Peter 5:8), but for years, I didn’t understand how to do this because my mind never stopped.

Used to be, I not only didn’t know how to be well balanced, or, “shut my mind off,” so I’d drink. Not anymore. Instead, the Holy Spirit has taught me to relax on purpose. That is, to consciously make myself sit still, and focus on not focusing. So part of my relaxation ritual is simply sitting on the couch with my wife in the evening, and watching TV. One of the shows we like to watch is The 700 Club.

I don’t agree with everything they teach, but like any other ministry, preacher, or teacher–I don’t have to. Instead, I simply eat the meat, and spit out the bones. My favorite segment of this show is the testimonials. So many people whom Jesus has changed their entire lives! Drug dealers, prostitutes, prison inmates, legalistic preachers, so on and so forth. But what I’ve noticed over the years is that each of these people in these testimonials, now have a ministry…a personal ministry.

Sure, some of them have become pastors and evangelists, but most of them are regular folk, like you and me, just living out their lives–only now, they are making a HUGE impact for God!

As I watched the show one day, there was a man who was caught up in the street life. He was selling drugs, gang banging, and whatnot–but then he had an encounter with Christ! Now, he has a ministry directed toward helping others get out of that lifestyle! How? By pointing them to Jesus, and using his own past for his purpose! NONE OF IT WAS WASTED!

Another testimonial of a personal ministry sprouting to life, was a man who was in prison, ready to commit suicide, and guess what? He had an encounter with Christ! What resulted was a personal ministry for those dealing with his same struggles–A MINISTRY BIRTHED IN A PRISON CELL! GOD IS SO CRAY-CRAY! But I like it!

The Prophet Isaiah was right when he said, “His ways are not like our ways” (see Isaiah 55:8).

I also watched the testimonial of a man who was a director of porn movies. He had actually been attacked by demons while living that life, but God saved him! Now, he reaches out to those in the porn industry for Jesus! A ministry started in filth.

Another one: I saw the story of a man and a woman who were both incarcerated, and while in prison a little bitty white Christian lady with an English accent, helped them come to know Jesus through her non-judgmental kindness–she was the prison chaplain. This man and woman got married after they got out, and were so moved by this lady’s sweet soul that they started a transitional house for newly released inmates–and then named it after her! Another ministry! BOOOOOOOOM!

I’ve also witnessed a stripper who was on the brink of giving up on life, but her mom had become a Christian and she was so inspired by her mother’s amazing life change, that she too, came to know Jesus! This lady now has a ministry that reaches out to women who are stuck in the stripper life!

C’MON SOMEBODY! IS ANYONE OUT THERE TODAY?! CAN YOU FEEEEEEEL IT?! God uses what was meant for our harm for our testimonies! You didn’t go through it for no reason! IT HAPPENED SO YOU CAN HELP OTHERS WITH IT! Don’t sit still any longer!

SO MANY MINISTRIES! SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEOPLE! So many ways that God uses what Satan meant to destroy our lives, FOR GOOD THINGS!

Friend, God wants to do the same for you. Yes…YOU! Those gifts on the inside of you are irrevocable, they’ve been specially designed and placed in there by God Himself (see Romans 11:29). There is something about you that is very rare to this planet. Something extremely unique. Only you can do it! Only you can accomplish it! I don’t know what it is, but God sure does! And if you will begin to ask Him, He’ll reveal it to you!

The secret to unlocking your own personal ministry is this: You gotta want it. Notice I didn’t say, “You just gotta straighten out your life first.” Nope. No way! That’s what the religious Christians want you to believe, but God wants you to begin your journey…now…today…right now–this moment!

The Bible says that “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27 my emphasis added).

Do you see that He chooses the foolish and the weak! THAT’S ME! WITHOUT CHRIST! AND AS YOU CAN SEE, WE ARE CALLED TO DO GREAT THINGS! Jesus chose the “dumb” fishermen, not the “intelligent” Pharisees! Why? Because He was looking for humble people who would get to know Him. Jesus was looking for those who would make themselves available to Him. That’s it. 

So today, my friends, know this: Your life is a ministry. You have something in you that God wants to get out of you–and it’s gonna change the course of history for the better, forever. Begin today!

-Matt

A prayer for you: Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for another day. Thank you for another shot at life! What an honor it is to be alive on planet earth! I feel so blessed to get to do what I do for you! Right now, I lift up all who are reading this, directly to you. For those who want to begin their own personal ministry, I ask that you infuse them with your strength! If they are afraid, teach them how to do it afraid–that’s called courage! For those who don’t feel qualified, teach them that they ARE qualified, because Jesus lives IN them! Help them to change many lives for the better, and to stock the halls of heaven with souls! In Jesus’ magnificent name I pray this, amen!

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