Are you worthy?
There are churches everywhere who are struggling to find a minister. (Or who are at least familiar with the struggle.) My home church in Urbana, Ohio was looking for a minister for almost a year. Russ helps out at South Lyon as they continue to search. It’s not that these churches are being overly picky. I think most churches looking would take anyone of reasonably good character who preaches the Word. And yet, where are they? Finding the worthy person to fill the pulpit is a serious challenge sometimes, especially for smaller churches. That’s all they’re asking for though – someone worthy.
Of course, the world doesn’t understand these standards. It never has. Back in Old Testament times there were standards for the priesthood. The most obvious one was you had to be a member of the tribe of Levi. This was one of the criteria that made you worthy of the priesthood. But when Israel split from Judah Jeroboam began to appoint priests who were not worthy. He, “appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites” (1 Kings 12:31). He appointed men to be priests who had no respect for the Word of God. It was a disaster. These “priests” did nothing to keep Israel from falling away from the Lord.
Are you worthy? Worthy of ministering in God’s name? Worthy of someday walking with the Lord? Jesus says to the church at Sardis, “Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy” (Revelation 3:4). The worthy of Sardis will one day walk with the Lord. The worthy of Lincoln Park will one day do the same. So I would urge you “to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1). Be someone who lives by the Word so you can minister to others. Be someone who reflects the love of Jesus in their life. And then, however unworthy you may feel, God will consider you worthy in Christ.