Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Pastor?? ME!?!?!

I don't know if this would fall under the category of "Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every word be established", but here it goes...

As you know, I have a background in radio and graduated from broadcast school.  Speech and speaking are "tools of the trade", as one might imagine.

When I wrote my status quoting the song earlier, I didn't expect the comment I got...the one about receiving my pastoral calling.  Little did I know that that would set up a chain of "divine appointments".  I went to church today expecting to hear what God had in store for me, just didn't expect it to fall in line with this.  Today's sermon was from 2 Cor. 5:17-21. (New International Version, with added emphasis from me)

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

And then I see ads on my Facebook, "Study to be a Pastor".  Really, God?  Is this what You want me to do?  We've been down this interstate before...

Let's set the "WayBack Machine" to October 1991.  I had been wanting to go to broadcast school at that time, but my pastors under the guise of "Thus Saith The Lord" (it was more like "Thus Saith Us"...) said that I should attend Bible College.  So like the Colts moving from Baltimore to Indianapolis, we left Clinton, OK in the middle of the night for a little community called Cleveland, TN.  I will spare you the rest of the details.

I know I'm sounding like Moses here when he's at the burning bush,  and God's been known to use the ordinary to do extraordinary things (Jesus' Disciples being the prime example), and I've heard all the quirky quotes "Who He guides, He provides" and so on.  I just got to know that this is Him.

With that being said, 2013 is going to be an interesting year for me.  It'll be interesting to see what God has in store for me...and if it is that I am to be in the ministry, then "not my will, but Thine be done."