On yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. No, it’s not because I have been called to preach but it’s because I have been called to reach out to those who need to hear a word from God. See, I truly believe that you don’t have to be an ordained minister in order to deliver God’s word because any of us can be used, if we are usable! Get this … If God’s word dwells in you and you dwell on it, then you should have no problem ministering to those who need it and in order for me to be a deliverer of God’s word; in speaking, writing or in books, I have to be grounded in His word so I’m thinking about a degree in Christian education. Why? Well, because I want to be educated in Christian teaching and because I have to have my feet planted in God’s word in order for Him to flow through me and then out of me. See, I have to be rooted in God in order for others to see His light shining before I even open my mouth or put my fingers on a keyboard because if I accept God’s call then I have to be willing to pay the charge! (You’ll get that later)
In the time I spent at Mid-America yesterday, I got to meet some new people and the atmosphere in that place was God filled. It didn’t feel like a school because every person there from the Director down are all there for one reason, to learn about God’s word. The speaker, during the chapel time, preached on “Stand up and preach” and I couldn’t agree more. See, it’s time out for all the pulpit theatrics and time in for pulpit teaching. It’s time out for sugar coating the word and time in for saying it like it is. It’s time out for tiptoeing around folks for fear of hurting their feelings and time in for telling the truth and shaming the devil. It’s time out for playing and time in for preaching. Oh, but not just in the pulpit because not every sinner is sitting in church but preaching everywhere. Like I said, I have not been called to preach so I won’t lie and say that I have but God has placed a calling on my life to reach folk and I do this every day through this blog, books, email, social media and even text message for my bible tells me in Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” We all have a calling on our life to reach others who don’t believe, who are wandering lost and to those who have backslid. We all have a calling to help bring souls to Christ because 1 Corinthians 12:7 says, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” So, I’ll repeat this; if you are willing to accept God’s call then you’ve got to be willing to pay the charge!