God’s intention when He appointed people and gave gifts to them was for them to use the gifts for the perfecting and full equipping of the saints. Why? So the saints (everyday believer) could go forth and DO the work of ministering toward the building up of the body of Christ. What does all of this mean?
It is not just the person in the pulpit that has been called to minister. It is every believers calling to minister ( serve God , announce His presence and uplift believers) with the gifts given to them.
Whatever giftings God has placed in you is for you to use inside and outside of the church ( yes that means at work, school, at home, in public office, and everywhere else) to introduce people to God and to mature them so well that they are able to carry on the work even if you are not there. To replicate in others what God has trained you to do.
There will never be enough apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, or teachers ,who are faith filled and God inspired. Don’ t be afraid of losing your job to those who you teach, for it will be unbelievers who will eventually take the believers place in the Church buildings.
If you currently are a true believer in the one and only true God who sent His son Jesus to die for the sins of all and has sent Holy Spirit to teach, lead and comfort every believer , and you currently have an appointment of one of these listed jobs, it is time to make a plan and begin to teach as many as you can – the Word of God, how to hear and yield to God’s voice, and your “calling” , “appointment “ “duties” , “job” ,and/or “ giftings” so that those you teach are matured within 3 years. (perfection and maturity are two different things -remember, the followers of Jesus all went into hiding and it looked like they were going to flounder.)
This is to be a simultaneous and continuous effort.
It is now happening and soon will be widespread, that churches will be a house for all beliefs and religions. Anyone who says there is only one true God, at first will be shunned, later imprisoned for their beliefs and of course there will come a time people will pay with their life for such belief
For these reasons and more, God says do not delay, do not postpone, do not be complacent and do not toss these words aside and think to yourself I will leave this for the next generation. There is a spiritual war at hand and preparations must be made now.