I recently finished reading Steven Furtick’s new book: Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare To Ask God For The Impossible.  It was a great book and I highly recommend it!  There were many things that spoke to me from the book and I want to share just one of those with you right now:

Furtick writes:  “There are certain phrases I’d like to see permanently banned from our Christian vocabulary.  The one that sets me off the most is full-time ministry.  I know what it’s supposed to mean, but I vehemently disagree with its implications.  To say that someone is called to full-time ministry suggests that others are permitted to do part-time ministry.  But Jesus didn’t die on a part-time cross.  He doesn’t’ love us with a part-time love.  He doesn’t cover us with a part-time pardon for sins.  There’s no such thing as a part-time Christian, and there’s no such thing as part-time ministry.  The day you gave your life to Christ, you signed a full-time ministry employee agreement.”

This is a message the Body of Christ needs to hear, believe, and act upon!  Regardless of what you do for an occupation, YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED INTO FULL-TIME MINISTRY!  Whether you’re a student, a farmer, a salesmen, a stay-at-home mom, a professional athlete, a pastor, a truck driver, a missionary, retired, or unemployed, God has a mission that He has specifically called you to…AND IT IS A FULL-TIME, ROUND-THE-CLOCK, NO WEEKENDS OFF, AND NO HOLIDAYS DEAL!

So hereby consider yourself “fired” from part-time Christian service.  You’re being brought on FULL-TIME baby!  Let me ask you…what mission is God calling you into?  What life is He calling you to impact for His eternal kingdom today?  Who in your relational network needs a caring touch from Him right now?  Where is He sending you today?  You’ve got a job to do…so get busy!

About Jon Sanders

Follower of Jesus; Husband to an amazing woman; Father of 3 great kids; Pastor of a multi-site church with a vision to reach rural America for Christ!
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