Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God.
— Ephesians 1:1
We may look today at people in the church who are called to be pastors or evangelists or worship leaders or elders and conclude they are the spiritual elite.
Meanwhile, someone is laboring away as an accountant or a waitress or a nurse or a teacher and might be thinking, I'm not as significant as they are. They're really making a difference for the kingdom of God—and what am I accomplishing?
God has called each and every one of us to different vocations. Paul was called to be an apostle by the will of God. But Steve can be called to be an architect by the will of God. Mary can be called to be a nurse by the will of God. Joan can be called to be an attorney by the will of God. Jack can be called to be a police officer by the will of God.
Each of us has a part to play. The highest calling of God is what God has called you to be. There is no higher. We need to be faithful to what the Lord has called us to.
You may think it is a higher calling to preach. Granted, it is a high calling—and a great privilege. But the highest calling is what God has called you to do. So don't feel like a secondclass citizen if you aren't in full-time ministry.
When certain people at church are highly visible, you think they are important. Maybe they are, and maybe they aren't. But then there is the person you don't know anything about who is very important to God. You might be one of those people. Be who you are by the will of God.