Preparing for Ministry


I will never forget the day I told my pastor what God had called me to do with my life. I told him. His answer was simple – and surprising. “Now begins the preparation,” Pastor Freddie said. I was flabbergasted. Preparation? God had told me what He wanted me to do, He had told me how to begin, and I automatically assumed God’s instructions are for right away. Pastor Freddie knew better. So did God.

About five years have since passed, and I of course thought I have finished learning my lesson about preparing for God’s call on my life.

Think again. My latest lesson? Preparation is so much more than the physical steps God wants me to take forward. Preparation is only on the outside about studying the Bible, hearing strong preaching, etc.

What God has showed me more than anything in months past is that He wants to prepare my heart. My heart is God’s temple. His Holy Spirit resides within.

He is refining me. He is purifying me. He is cleaning me out. He is purging from me, His temple, all that is not necessary, everything that stands in His way, and anything that is not holy.

Oh, how easy it would be to plunge forward when God gives us instructions for our lives with our eyes and hearts on the human, outward steps we must take.

But what good are we to God when we have everything right on the outside and nothing prepared within? Alas, I no longer stand at the threshold of working in ministry. I have walked through the door and stand in the midst.

I am not at my destination, as God has given me specific instructions about His exact plan for me ultimately in ministry. Nevertheless, I have begun the work of ministry.

So the preparation on the outside is over, right? No way. What about my heart?     Even as I minister to others, God continues His work inside my heart.

God finishes what He begins, and my heart is now fully in His hands. I am His.

I am grateful God told me what He wanted to do with my life before He told me what preparation would be involved. If he had told me all at once what He would need to do with my heart and life, I am not sure I would have come this far so fast. 

But here I am, heart and all. His.

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