Be a Talker of God’s Word By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD
“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain” (Phillippians 2:16). I was actively involved in soul winning even while I was a student, and back then, I had many of my colleagues asking me, “Are you going into full-time ministry?” “I am already a full-time minister of the gospel,” was always my response. You see, where you are or what you’re doing right now is not what really matters; there’s nothing you are in this world that will be forever. You’re only a student for a while; if you’re a teacher, doctor or businessman, you’ll retire at some time.
But if you have received Christ into your life and are born again, you’re a full-time minister of the gospel of Christ. So, at that time I knew I was a part-time student and a full-time minister of the gospel. Christianity is not something you do, rather it’s what you are. For example, your gender isn’t something you qualify for, it’s what you are. A true Christian is a man that has discovered his true reason for living. Such a man doesn’t care where he is because he knows he could find himself anywhere and at any day, just like Phillip who was transported by the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:39).
He had abandoned himself to God and so God was free to take him anywhere. So when you’re a Christian you know that where you are is temporary because you can be anywhere and at anytime. You have become a man or a woman who is ready to give God praise because you’re convinced that you don’t go anywhere by accident. All the time you’re always watching out for souls. All of your energy and strength is channeled into one thing: leading men to Christ. This should be the mentality of every Christian. Paul the apostle said, “… woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16).
That means “Let me be accursed if I don’t preach the gospel.” That was a man who understood his calling into the Christian life. If the essence of a career is not about reaching people for Jesus, it’s worthless! You’re not just in business to make money; You’re there to reach the world for Jesus. That’s why Christianity is full-time!