What does it mean when someone says that they’ve been called into vocational ministry?

It means that during the ordinary places and times of life God has called us over a period of time when we grew locally attentive to an inward desire that ebbed and flowed but didn’t fade. We then set this desire prayerfully before God moment by moment, day by day. We took steps during that time to test by Scripture in community whether we had the gifts to match the desire. Along the way, those who locally knew us best and those whom we’d attempted to serve told us that they were strengthened in Jesus because of our use of these gifts. Consequently, after a time, we took awkward and faith-filled steps, not knowing where these steps might lead. But by then were assured by this unfading desire and these community affirmations that God might actually be leading us. Circumstantial opportunities then arrived and we surrendered our lives to this out of obedience and gratitude to God.

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