You Are Called
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
The question is not if Christ is calling us to service. No, Christ calls all the faithful to serve in his name, to share the love of Christ that they themselves have received. The real question is, “What is Christ calling me to do?” Are you hearing this call? The emergence of a strong sense of call to Christian service might feel new and strange, but it simply comes with growth in Christian maturity. You’re normal! Every Christian is called to radical faith and powerful ministry; through the Cross of Christ all who believe in him are priests, reconciling the nations and all creation to God through the love of Christ (Ex 19:5-6; 1 Peter 2:5).
Christian service, or ministry, comes in many shapes and sizes. But all genuine Christian service has one thing in common: it is a proclamation of the love of God given to us in Jesus Christ, spoken through word and deed. The expressions of this sacrificial love are countless in number. Some ministries involve intercessory prayer. Some Christians serve through teaching and caring for children; some work with those at the end of life. Some clean bathrooms, some feed the poor, some lecture in universities and seminaries, some lead large organizations. Seemingly practical and seemingly impractical, Christian ministries come in all shapes and sizes.
What is Christ calling you to do out of gratitude, for the love of him and his church? In what ways would he have you share with others the grace he has given to you?
If you’re interested in learning more about ways to get involved in a dynamic and faithful ministry in the diocese of Dallas, please talk to your priest, or perhaps consider a ministry that focuses on refugees, helping the poor, feeding the hungry or others.
Some are called to support and equip the members of Christ’s body as they find and live out their various callings in Christ.
Here in Dallas we are excited about reviving some specialized ministries, especially through the establishment of new lay orders of evangelist and catechists. They will assist the bishop and clergy of our diocese through taking the Gospel of Christ out into our communities in order to draw new people to Christian faith, and through teaching and forming the faithful as they grow in Christ.
If you believe Christ might be calling you to explore the idea of traditional ordained ministry as a Deacon or Priest, please click here for more information on what these orders entail, and to learn about our discernment and formation process.