Q. How do you know if you’re being called into a life of ministry ? I understand that we are all called to be a light in the world and let the Holy Spirit shine through us as we go about our daily lives. However, there are those (like you for instance) who somehow come to a place in their lives where it’s obvious that the Lord wants them to minister to others in a more “official” capacity. I have been struggling with this more and more lately, which makes me think, “Is the fact that I’m struggling, a sign that I’m being called?” I have not received a clear and undeniable “word from the Lord” that I am aware of… it’s more of a thought that just seems to hang around but never really leaves.
A. I would recommend you read Romans 12:1-2 again and confirm in your own mind that you’ve given your life to the Lord for His use. Then go to the Lord in prayer and confirm it with Him as well. If He wants you in full time ministry, He will make it clear to you.
While you’re waiting for an answer, take advantage of any volunteer ministry opportunities that come your way, always straining to hear His voice as you do. This will also help you be more certain of the kind of ministry you feel most comfortable in. When you’re where the Lord wants you, there won’t be any doubt in your mind as to what He’s calling you to do.