He Equips The Called

Written by Josh Suiter

What are you passionate about? What areas of ministry do you find yourself drawn to do? Are you a musician and feel God calling you to join the praise band? Do you love to help people feel welcomed and want to join the hospitality team? Or do you have a passion to help youth and children learn more about Jesus and see them come into a personal relationship with him?

Whatever your passion is, I want to encourage you to be open to using this in ministry. But also, to be open to the fact that God may not have the same idea in mind.

A few years ago, I was asked to begin teaching the young adult Sunday school class. At first, I found this terrifying. I was used to teaching 5th and 6th grade Sunday school. What did I know about teaching young adults? Although I was close to them in age, I was worried that I didn’t have the Biblical knowledge to lead this class. But I felt God saying – “I’ve got you. Just trust me.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Sometimes God calls us into a ministry we may not have considered before. I never thought I would go from teaching middle schoolers to college age/young adults, but what I have learned along the journey is that even when I don’t feel qualified or able, He gives me the strength to keep going.

Can you imagine how the disciples felt? Each of them from all walks of life and skills levels were called to follow Christ. Matthew 4:18-19 says “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.”

Can you imagine what might have been going through their heads? Do you think they second guessed their decision?

What if we had that same faith to just leave our nets and follow Him no matter what He is calling us to do? Sometimes I wonder why I ever doubt Him. Why do I question God when He calls me to do something because I do not feel comfortable with that calling?

Matthew 28:20 should affirm to me that He is with me and I have nothing to fear – “Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

If we truly believe this verse, then we shouldn’t fear if we are qualified or if we can do it because He’s got us! He will see us through and will stretch us and grow us through this experience.

As we continue to return to church after many of us have spent a year at home, I want to pose a few questions for each of us to ponder?

  • What has this year of staying home or distancing ourselves from others taught you about yourself? What has it made you passionate about?
  • What needs in the church (or even in our community) do you feel God is calling you to help with?
  • What are you doing about that calling?

I am praying these questions will help you assess where God can use you in the church and outside the church. He has made the ask. Will you accept it?