This is Part 19 of the A Luke 10 Moment series.
When Jesus spoke of laborers, the word He used, means full-time workers.
When the Bible discusses the ministry of the saints in Ephesians 4:11-13, it lays out a pretty clear plan. The five-fold ministry is used to position all the people – for the ministry of the saints. Literally, that means that every believer is to be a minister. And that is a big period.
The current job you have is a set-up by God for ministry. The Holy Ghost has inspired the influence you have with people. You live where you live for a reason. You shop where you shop for a purpose. All of us, all over our city, are to be full-time ministers. We are part-time employees, but full-time ministers.
Ministry doesn’t just happen four hours a week in church, rather ministry is meant to be 24-hours a day. Ministry is to happen everywhere. You don’t clock-out of ministry. You can reach people that nobody else can reach. You can influence people nobody else can influence.
The Luke 10 people never ministered in a church building. Their ministry was in the streets, the cities, certain places, and from house to house. It’s too bad that we have limited ministry to those that get their income from the church. And then those five-fold ministers can only minister inside the walls of a church.
Let’s get the river outside the church, and then let’s all jump in and begin to swim (Ezekiel 47)! In reality, the trickle that began at the altar only turned into a river when it left the church.
And that’s all I have to say about that.