You are more like the Apostle Paul than you think.
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God” (1 Timothy 1:1)
Paul’s calling as an apostle was based on the command of God. While the position of “apostle” was extremely unique, his mission wasn’t any more important than the rest of us non-apostles.
Everyone who follows Jesus has a mission; it’s a calling that is nothing less than a command from God (Ephesians 4:1)
My dad was a computer programmer. He wasn’t in full-time ministry, but his faith impacted his day-to-day life. His job put him in contact with many different people. Every month he’d be with a different client. In his one-on-one conversations, he’d often ask about spiritual issues. Growing up, he would tell me about these conversations. “…so I asked this guy, do you believe Jesus was God?” I remember exclaiming, “You said THAT to someone you barely know??” My dad didn’t pressure people, nor did he argue with them. He discovered where they were “at” spiritually and shared about his journey. His command from God was to have significant conversations with others.
Everyone who believes in Jesus has a significant job in God’s kingdom.
This teaching is comforting; God has a plan for your life! This teaching is also sobering, for we do not want to ignore his call and miss out on our opportunities to love others.
Hi. My name is Matt McGill, a husband, father, friend, pastor, community volunteer, and woodworker in the name of Jesus by the command of God.