The Whole Chicken- Why We All Need To be in Full time Ministry

Why We All Need To Be In Full Time Ministry

It was one of those rare moments when someone says something profound on the news. So profound that I have not forgotten it, years later. Sadly, the event was a crippling nursing strike, where non-striking nurses were barred from entering hospitals by their striking colleagues, to the detriment and even death of uncared for patients. The male nurse glared at the camera and blurted: ‘who the heck do you think I am, Florence Nightingale?’ I say that this is profound because it is a history lesson, a current affairs lesson, and a Great Omission lesson all at the same time. Let me explain. Florence Nightingale is rightly regarded as the mother of modern nursing. She rejected a life of pleasure and riches for what she regarded as a God-given call to nursing, believing that ‘the kingdom of God must be within (our hearts), but also without (expressed practically)’. Her motive was the call of God and a desire to serve mankind. This became not only her work, but a life-work, not merely a job, but a vocation. Today, those italicised words are largely absent from anyone’s vocabulary, even a Christian one. As author Joseph Budziszewski wrote concerning the motive of students for entering various fields of study:“They choose their fields of study on the basis of how much money they can make... Serving God, though, is another proposition altogether. “Vocation? What’s that?”” As the church and as church leaders we have unfortunately contributed to this Great Omission. Church leader and author Steve Murrell hit the nail on the head when he wrote the following: 


Young Professionals, life, business and faith: Thabo Mahlobo's thoughts

Why young professionals need to start life, work and business on a foundation of faith?

Every Monday morning millions of professionals around the world go to work forgetting what they heard or did on Sunday and move across an imaginary demarcation line. This says there is little relationship between what they experience on Sunday and what they do on Monday.

Sound preposterous? It may, but this is the mindset of many professionals in our world today. The spiritual does not mix with their everyday world of the workplace. “What happens on Monday has no relationship to what takes place on Sunday,” they say. These are the thoughts expressed so much in our day and time, although they are not expressed in such direct terms

In simple terms, what I am saying is that most professionals either do not see the need to live out their faith in their workplace and business or they don’t believe in starting their lives, work and business on the foundation of faith. They view their lives, work and business as secular with no direct relationship with the supernatural/ faith.

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