Heart of a Minister

I am a young minister who from time to time come to this crossroad. It is a place in my life where I’m face to face with my calling and the challenges of it. I really don’t think people understand the peculiar position a minister is placed in by God. It is because of this, I find it strange when I hear a person say that they want to go to seminary and be a minister for a living. It’s strange to hear people talk about how I “choose” this life as a minister. I’m not saying that I hate being a minister, I feel honored that God has called me. If people would seriously count the cost, they would realize that no one would ask for this(Romans 3). You have to have a profound encounter with God to respond to Him; “send me, I’ll go!” No one truly seeks to do the will of God. See, when you are apart of the “Matrix” you don’t really notice how bad things are in this world. Nor do you understand how much the world hates the truth of God. People only what to hear what delights them or what makes them feel encouraged. I’m not saying that its wrong to want to feel encouraged but how much is too much? How do you grow? or do you really want to grow? There are people in the business world who hide their knowledge because they do not desire to work or to be asked to do anything. There are people who don’t want to learn anything new because they are comfortable knowing what they know and don’t desire to know more. These types of people see their vocation as a 9 to 5 ordeal. To them its like preschool or daycare. All they want to hear about is the payday and the great paid vacation in the sky. When you teach the hard things of the Holy Scripture, they get quite and when you teach things that take effort to understand they grumble. Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill” John 6:26. If I say that, they would say that I was judging which is always the excuse of those who say that they are saved yet they remain the same person that they have always been. See, the challenge that a minister face is preaching a Word that no one wants to hear. No one wants to be corrected, no one is seeking God but they desperately search for a lie that will make their truth equal and acceptable to God’s standard of holiness. The prophets came preaching repentance and correction, John the Baptist came preaching repentance, Jesus Christ preached repentance and even the apostles. The entire new testament expect Revelations; were written to build up/re-enforce, correct and rebuke Christians who had went away from the faith. See, some preachers skip over the rebuking and go to the encouragement after the apostles has corrected the people. It is hard sometimes to preach and teach when you know that there are some who will reject it. It’s hard living in a world that is hostile to you before you even open your mouth. It’s hard when you look out and you see things that are wrong and you know that Christ can make things right but they reject Him. Its like taking Christ’s parable about the King and the wedding feast(Matthew 22:1-14) a step further…. those that the king called got to the feast and wanted a buffet instead of the lavish meal set before them. They want to pick and choose what they will obey, do and not do, live out and not even bother reading. We live in a world under the influence of Satan and this world is built on sin plus we are born sinners. When I read the bible, I can feel it cut me and then heal me. The Holy Spirit is a surgeon who cuts with precision. He has to cut the cancer of sin out of the body and this act is done through the reading of the bible, hearing the preacher preach or hearing the teacher teach; it can even be seen in how a Christian live out their life. With that said, it boggles the mind how people persecute a minister for speaking what the bible says and they demand that we prove it to them. Jesus said that his sheep knows His voice and come to Him (John 10:27). Maybe that’s just it, they who profess Christ do not belong to Christ? Like I said, it has been a lot of times I have read scripture that hurt me to my core but I accepted it because it was of my heavenly Father. Truth will never always be pleasant because truth attacks a person’s pride. It is this pride that ruin Satan, it is this pride that blocks us from truly experiencing Jesus Christ. Why do you think when Christ gave the requirements to follow Him that He started with denying yourself? (Luke 9:23). The problem is we have been taught that when we walked that isle to give our life to Christ that we made a choice to follow Christ; dead wrong!(Ephesians chapter 1- 2, Romans 8, 2 Peter 4:1-11, John 6:44, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Romans 11:2-6, 1 Peter 2, John 10:27). People command others to not correct or judge because they have made themselves god of their lives. They have made it and allowed prosperity to make them independent of God. The same independence lead to Israel’s destruction. I give you know scripture for it look it up for yourself if you desire to prove the Holy Spirit wrong.

1 John 5
1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

6This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7For there are three that testify: 8the[a] Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

16If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that. 17All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

18We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. 19We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

21Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

We have become idols to ourselves and now dare question God like Job (Job 42:1-6). We let the ear ticklers fool us into all types of error like Job’s friends; Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zopha. But God will break us before our pride stands in the way. People, stop killing the prophets/ministers that God has sent to you. If you will not receive the conviction and correction of the Holy Spirit; God will break you (Psalms 51:1-17).

Baptism don’t cause regeneration, repentance and salvation; after all of those things happen first then you get baptized.

God bless you & may the Holy Spirit lead you
Rev. W. R. Martin Jr.
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