I remember this guy from Indiana, he asked me, “Have you been called?”
I was like “Huh?"
“You know, has God called you into ministry?”
I had an answering machine at the time, but I wasn’t aware of any missed messages.
I said, “I don’t know what you mean?"
“If God has called you into ministry, he will give you a name. Do you know your name?"
“I thought my name was Johnny.” I replied.
“If God calls you he will give you a name. I know my name!”
I don’t think he believed I was qualified to do my job because I didn’t have an experience like his. Ironically as I write this, I can’t remember his name at all, either of them.
I don’t believe in callings. People just like to make themselves feel important. If they can connect what they do to God then they feel that enhances how they look in others peoples eyes.
If you share the gospel with someone and you work in accounting you are a preacher. That person won’t get to put it on their resume, but from God’s perspective he is following the great commission.
The modern preaching ministry has next to nothing to do with what an evangelist was in the New Testament. Today we are MC’s hosting a weekly show, claiming to have all the answers, who introduce guest and wear three piece suits.
Frankly I think what churches want is a game show host. I admit, I have never been called to do that.
Known as an expert in all he surveys, he freely shares his opinions on politics, science & theology using diatribes based upon careless research from tertiary sources that presupposed what he thought in the first place.