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An essential part of God’s plan for you involves your life’s impact for Christ on others in the world. I call this “occupational vision.”

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word occupation simply as, “one’s primary business or endeavor in life.” While most people view their full-time vocations and their ministries separately, I don’t believe that is biblical. Even if you are not called into full-time ministry, what you do in the workplace is to be considered full-time ministry. Allow me to establish this in the Word, because viewing your job this way will do much to help you understand the vision God wants to reveal to your heart.

Let’s begin with Ephesians 4:11–12; “He [Jesus] gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping [that means maturing] of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying [or building up] of the body of Christ” (NKJV).

These are the full-time offices of ministry that God has set (see 1 Corinthians 12:18) in the body of Christ. Each has a different anointing that flows through that office, and you need to have regular contact with each one of these anointings if you are going to mature as a believer.

As you mature in the things of God, you will come to a place where you are sufficiently equipped spiritually “for the work of the ministry.” “Ministry,” in verse 12, is clearly not referring to the five-fold ministry offices in verse 11 because the beginning of verse 12 says “for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry.”

If you are born again into the body of Christ, you are a saint so this applies to all of us.

You ask, “So, what is the work of the ministry?” The Greek word for ministry in verse 12 means “to serve.” So then, when you’ve matured as a Christian, you are ready to do the work of serving others. But how do you serve them?


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