Everything is going well for me. I currently have 27 Credits, and am taking another test on Friday for English Composition. The Lord has truly blessed me and has been showing me some different things that have challenged me in my relationship with Christ. I want to share one of those things with you.
In 2007, I felt God calling me to the ministry; a decision I had wrestled with for about three years. Since my Father was (and still is) a Pastor, I didn’t want to follow in his footsteps because of several difficulties our family had been through. But God took hold of my heart and I surrendered to his will. That was a turning point in my life because I finally knew I was doing what God wanted me to do. I began thinking about how God wanted me to be involved in the ministry and how I could eventually become a Pastor or Elder of a church, but something didn’t seem right.
As a home-schooler having graduated from high school, I began preparing for what God would call me to in the future. I knew that his will for me included higher education of some shape or form with the ultimate plan of attending seminary. I also knew that God desired me to get married and raise a family. So I began picking up different jobs such as mowing lawns, working for a marble company, building web sites, and working as an IT. In preparation for the ministry, I began to preach for churches that needed someone to fill in for ministers who were on vacation, or temporarily serving somewhere else. I ended up serving as temporary Pastor at a church during 2009. During all of this though, I felt as though something were missing; something just wasn’t right.
Towards the end of last year, God began showing me that I had been deceived. I felt that since God had called me into the ministry, I had to pursue Vocational Ministry. I believed, like most Christians do, that someone called into the ministry pursues one of four main vocational paths: Pastor, Music leader, Youth Pastor, or Missionary. Many Christians also believe that only those in Vocational Ministry are called to evangelize; or that they have to be in a Church “group” in order to evangelize. In the course of going through these different experiences, I felt God reveling to me that these beliefs were not biblical. While looking through the Bible, and seeking the Lord’s will for my life, I felt that God was calling me to a different type of ministry; the ministry Christians everywhere are called to.
Look At Jesus’ Commandment in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.” Does this passage give any indication that Christ is talking to Church leaders only? Does he say, “Only those who are in a group with others may evangelize”? No, he is talking to every single Christian that walks on the face of the earth. If Christians would be a light everywhere they went, and in everything they did, our impact would be much greater. This is the way it was in the New Testament Church. So, in essence, this is what God convicted me about. I had been acting much like many Christians do today, and still I am working on allowing God to shine through me in everything I do. I am not perfect, but that is what I am striving for.
God has led me to finish my BSBA in General Business Management, and then study for my MBA. Then I feel led to work at CollegePlus! (Where I currently work) for several years, and eventually become an Independent Business Consultant. I want to be able to use this avenue to share Christ with whomever I come into contact with.
Just a little insight from my heart and life. I hope that is has encouraged you. God bless.
For the Glory of God, and the advancement of His Kingdom,
Nathan D. Hamilton – Esquire