WHAT DO I DO? There are a lot of things a Pastor or any other person can do in this world to make life better for the people around them and in all parts of the world. Each of us must figure out what God expects of us and exactly how God wants us to carry out that mission. There are plenty of people around who will tell you exactly how you as an individual should carry out the mission God has appointed for you to do. Certainly I have run into a number of these people in my lifetime. Sometimes Pastors are the worse of these and sometimes very helpful. As humans we all have some of the common traits and abilities and failures of mankind. But God did not bring us into life from a cookie-cutter mold or pattern nor did He intend for all of us to have the same gifts and abilities to function in this world. Some people are born with life’s most drastic physical and mental challenges and others are born more brilliant mentally and more physically endowed than most people. Which category we fit into or maybe somewhere in between isn’t our choice but it is given to us at birth. How we handle what life has given us is usually our choice and whether that choice is good or bad is most of the time dependent on us. It would be great if there was a book of directions to give us all the answers to life. The closest book I have found in that quest for knowledge is the Bible but even there it is important to rely not on self, or others, but on God to give you directions for your life and what He expects of you and what your mission in life should be.
As a Pastor/Missionary I have been involved in a multitude of projects from biblical study, preaching, evangelism, food & clothing distribution, medical care assistance, disaster projects, Christian Education, school & church building programs and a multitude of other things. I feel God has led in each of these things at particular times in my life but I think the greatest direction God has given me is what the Apostle Paul said to the young preacher Timothy, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction,” (2 Timothy 4:2 NIV). God doesn’t call everyone to the same work for Him in life; certainly not all are called to be Pastors/Preachers. Sure there are common commands or directions from God to all His disciples but there are also specific avenues of service that God has for each of us as well and often our characteristics at birth are a clue God is giving us. Much more could be said on this topic and multitudes of bible verses could be invoked and many more principles could be laid out for our search for direction in this life. So let me sum up this way: God wants to use each of us in this world to minister to others in this world but to be successful we first need to know God and then we need to listen to His voice given through His Word, the Bible, and then follow His directions as we travel this path of life. Advisors are good, and God furnishes many, but God Himself will and should direct our path. “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps,” (Proverbs 16:9 NIV).