What opportunities do people who work in secular professions have to advance God's Kingdom in ways that a full-time minister does not ?
Those in secular professions have access to people in positions of political and financial power who might be persuaded to use their resources in favorable ways. Some unbelievers have negative stereotypes of ministers and the church yet will respond favorably to the good character of a Christian coworker.
Knowledge and technical skills gained in a secular profession may enhance Christian ministry in various ways. Think of the computer specialist who helps set up an attractive Web site for the church, the biology teacher who can speak effectively on the flaws of evolution, or the businessperson who helps the congregation find a loan on favorable term for a building project.
Often churchgoers find it easy to identify areas where ministry can be improved. Suggestions or criticisms are sometimes unwelcome to overworked church leaders. However, suggestions that are paired with a thoughtful proposal of how to solve the problem and a person willing to volunteer to lead the effort can be a great blessing.
A person may read in the Word about a believer's life of prayer, trust, and accomplishment and be moved to take risks beyond thier example. Some make major purchases without any means of making the payments, for they have " faith' that God will somehow provide at the right time. There are incidents in which the funds did arrive at the last minute, but there are also the failure accounts in which people had to move or surrender what they bought. The failures do not make good illustrations in lessons or sermons !
You will find in the book of Nehemiah 2, Nehemiah is an outstanding example of a person who had goals and plans, but he was also realistic. He planned and investigated in order to cause his dreams to become reality, Throughout his book he mentioned times when he prayed to God , for his was a reasoned faith. when the king of Persia (secular ) granted him the unlikely request , he was on solid ground. HE PRAYED ABOUT HIS VISION Nehemiah loved God and served Him faithfully. As a result, God decided to bestow favor on his life, granting him a vision for rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem something that had been attempted before , but to no avail as well as the means to accomplish the vision. Favor from the king, protection from God, the wisdom to get the other influential Israelites on board with the project , all these were part of Gods favor on His faithful servant.
Servant Patricia Ann Blaine
(Comprehensive Bible Study)