Everyone who accepts Christ as personal savior must realize that at that moment of salvation he or she became saddled with a ministry to serve God. Everyone! The misconception is that most of us think that ministry is for a selected few who are ordained into the office. We think of ministry as owning and running a church or taking the lead in the choir. No doubt these are ministries, but they are not the only places servants of God are called to serve.

Your office is your ministry. If you have no vocation and you just stay at home either as a spouse or a child, that home is your ministry field. God has called everyone to do something. You must find it out.

What stops most of us from pressing on to the higher calling (of fulfilling the very purpose of our existence and salvation) is fear. We are afraid of what will become of us. Afraid of what people will think of us. Afraid of who will pay the school fees and the house rent. Afraid of how we will raise the money for the wedding. 

Fear is the greatest “shusher” in the world.
Timothy was a young minister in his twenties. He was given a great responsibility to pastor the only church in the big city of Ephesus. It was a church populated by people who were more experienced, more travelled, more educated, richer and better endowed than he was.

If Timothy wants to preach about marriage, there were people in the congregation who could lecture him on it after all he wasn’t married yet. If he wanted to preach on finance, there were financial experts who could puncture everything he says with a higher formula. If he wanted to preach spiritual things, there were people who were born again and spirit-filled before he was conceived in his mother’s womb. There was nothing he could bring to the table without being shushed by someone.

Have you ever felt like that? Not educated enough, nor eloquent enough, nor rich enough, nor beautiful enough? Have you ever been asked to take a role in your office, family or church where there are others better qualified than you and they are giving you an attitude to let you know that they are better? They are trying to shush you. And if you are fearful and timid you will never realize the full potential of your calling.

Paul understood the predicament of Timothy. He wrote two letters to guide the young minister. Go and study those letters. He showed him how to respond to the ‘shush’ of people who are better than you.
“Study to show yourself approved unto God..”2 Tim 2:15. In other words, take personal development as a serious issue. Your next message or song or performance should be an improvement on the last one all the time.

*For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them. 2 Tim 1:7 (TLB)*

You can only speak these words to a man who is feeling insecure and afraid of the people he is called to lead.

In the same letter Paul gives a powerful tip to the younger pastor …
*“That is why I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you..” 2 Tim 1:6 (AMP).*

The fire is there but it is a flicker and unless you fan it, the flame is not going to burst out. The detractors are trying to stop you from fanning that flicker into a flame. You will be the loser if you give in to them.

Come on! Hear this…

"And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use. 1 Tim 4:12-14 (MSG)"

All Paul is saying here is don’t let anyone shush you or the gift that is in you. Please don’t let it happen.

_It is a new week, may the renewed grace and wisdom of God power you through this week and shush your naysayers_

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