By Rev. David Okonnah
It is to be noted that nobody will be rewarded for how healthy he lived on earth but for how he used his sound health for the work of the ministry.
This is a question mostly asked people who are involved in the work of the ministry in one way or the other. For example, when someone preaches to another person or always praying or counseling people, the first impression is that the person is a pastor or he is planning to be a pastor.
Now, how did we get to this level of spiritual decadence that preaching or doing any work of the ministry is only for pastors?
Is it not the intention of Christ that every believer should be involved in the work of the ministry? Is that not the reason for His giving the church, apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastoring teachers to equip the saints for the work of the ministry? (Eph. 4:11-16).
When the saints have this notion that their own participation in the church is to go and receive the blessing of the pastors so that they may go and prosper in health and materially and in turn make material contributions by pastoring, then a major reason for the church has been lost entirely. This is an area we need to renew our minds with the word of God.
The church or the gathering of the saints is a spiritual school where the saints are trained and equipped for the work of the ministry. It’s not an event centre where fans gather to watch and be entertained by an actor or group of actors. It’s not a place for learning anything other than the things of the Spirit. It is where the saints start to practice the things they have learnt, from praying to teaching to counseling to giving to the demonstration of the gifts of the Spirit, etc. (1 Cor. 12:7).
The gathering of the saints is for the sharing with one another the endowments of God for the good and edification of all the brethren whether they are spiritual or material (1 Cor. 14:26).
So, the pastor’s work is to equip the saints while every saint is expected to participate in the work of the ministry. You don’t need titles to serve God acceptably. Most of the time titles are given in the local church purely for administrative purposes.
It must not be forgotten that we will all be rewarded for how we participated in the work of the ministry at the judgment seat of Christ. (Rom. 14:10-12; 2 Cor.5:10).
It is to be noted that nobody will be rewarded for how healthy he lived on earth but for how he used his sound health for the work of the ministry. Similarly, no believer will be rewarded for how wealthy he was in his mortal body but for how he used his wealth to further the work of the ministry.
As a matter of fact, one work of the ministry of Christ Jesus that everybody is expected to do is evangelism no matter your circumstances (Mark 16:15-20; 2 Tim. 4:5).