Modern-day believers in Christ are not influencing the world around them—they neither are responding like the “salt” (a preservative) nor the “light” (a guide) that Christ Jesus says they are to be. Instead, they are Christians who have buried their heads in the sand, simply because they have committed the fundamental error of misunderstanding their calling. Once again, for the record, their calling is EVERY believer’s calling: They are to minister (serve the Lord and others) by evangelizing (preaching), making disciples, and teaching the Gospel (Word of God)!
While waiting for ministerial opportunities often is hard to do for those of us who know that we know that we know God has called, ordained, anointed, and appointed us, waiting is what we must do. For sure, God knows that our not knowing how long we will have to go back to doing the monotonous, dull, and often seemingly insignificant tasks we were doing before He officially called us will make us often wish that we were somewhere else doing something more extraordinary. However, we must know that He will not send us anywhere to do anything if He has not prepared us for service.
Contrary to some people’s opinions concerning who “calls,” anoints, appoints, gifts, equips, ordains, and sends men and women into the Gospel ministry’s vineyard, it is God and only God who “calls,” anoints, appoints, gifts, equips, and ordains His vineyard workers, and ONLY God who sends His vineyard workers “where” He wants them to be. God also is the only One who decides “when” He will send His workers! Then too, God and only God is the One who determines what function His “called,” anointed, appointed, gifted, equipped, and ordained men and women are to perform while working in His Gospel ministry’s vineyard. In essence, being “called” into God’s Ministry, which includes all that accepting His “calling” involves (like which ekklesia, how to function in that ekklesia, what gifts to use, and so on), is ALWAYS a theocratic selection and NEVER a democratic election!