Should I Leave My Business For Full-Time Ministry?
by Gail Ramsey
What do you want me to do?
For the past nine years, I've been working in my family's import business. I enjoy the work, but a part of me is being drawn to full-time ministry. I'm torn. What do YOU want me to do?
After the Lord knocked Saul (later to be called Paul, the apostle) off his horse, he asked the same question. "Lord, what do you want me to do?" (Acts 9:6)
It sounds like you are already willing to walk in God's plan for your life, so it will be easier for Him to lead you into your divine destiny. God's word says that "If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land." (Isaiah 1:19) You're halfway there!
Jesus tells us "He who is greatest among you shall be your servant" (Matthew 23:11). A new revelation of this truth is desperately needed today in the body of Christ. We all need to get our eyes off of titles, positions, and recognition, and focus instead on being the best servants we can be.
If you truly desire to be used of God in a mighty way, grab hold of this powerful truth. It's the key to walking in power, authority, and victory: doing whatever you can with whatever you have, whenever and wherever the opportunity arises; and doing it "heartily, as to the Lord" (Colossians 3:23). Another way to say it is "bloom where you are planted".
As we are faithful in the small things, God promotes us to higher and greater places of authority and responsibility. "You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things." (Matthew 25:23)
The main thing God wants today is obedience. He has a plan for your life; and as you begin yielding and yielding to Him, you come into your Canaan land where all you have to do is eat the fruits. In order to do this, however, you must know deep in your heat that in the archives of Heaven there is a blueprint for your success drawn before the foundations of the world. "'For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11). As you yield to God, He will unfold that plan and bring it to pass.
God's will shall be done, providing our will is not in the way. Unfortunately, our plans are not usually God's plan; but as we become transformed through the "renewing of (our) mind(s)" (Romans 12:2), by "Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5) we show our love for Him and we begin to walk in a life of authority, freedom and joy, bearing the "resemblance of Jesus".
Gail Ramsey, an ordained minister, portrayed the role of Susan Moore on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. She had other roles on the TV programs Mike Hammer, Generations and California Dreams. Today Ramsey leads Semeion Ministries where readers can write her at 4610 Virginia Ave, Longbeach, CA 90805.