Seven Reasons I Became a Minister

So they went over to him and asked:

  • Who brought you here?
  • What are you doing in this place?
  • What is keeping you here?” (Judges 18:3, HCSB).

It is often therapeutic, directive, and beneficial to pause to reflect for a moment concerning the why behind what we do. This lesson caused me to do just that.


There are at least seven reasons why I became a minister. This blog post covers the first two. 


  1. I was qualified. At first glance it appears the basic qualification of a potential minister is being unqualified (1 Corinthians 1:26; 2 Corinthians 12:10). I was FAT enough.
    1. F: faithful; willing to obey (1 Samuel 15:22; 1 Corinthians 4:2). Faithfulness is an old word for “trustworthy” and is required in God’s ministers. 
    2. A: Available (Romans 12:1). I was a willing vessel (2 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:4). Our availability is a predictor and prerequisite of our usability.
    3. T: Teachable. A young man recently, “If you had only one word of advice for young ministers, what would it be?” Simple: Be teachable. That is good advice for young, middle-aged, and even elderly ministers alike. We shouldn’t grow out of being teachable. I’m sure being “humble” is a factor or ingredient in being “teachable” (1 Samuel 15:17; Proverbs 15:33; 1 Peter 5:5). 
  2. I couldn’t help it. It was something I had to do. I was addicted. 
    1. Jesus felt that way (John 4:4; 9:4). 
    2. I detest people who use the word “must” in their writing. In editing I often soften it with words like “should” and “could.” Ministry wasn’t something I should do or could do but something I must do. Necessity is laid on me. I must preach (1 Corinthians 9:16). Like Jeremiah of old, there is no way I can hold His word within me (Jeremiah 20:9). It must be let out to a lost world.
    3. I became addicted to preaching and teaching the Word (1 Corinthians 16:15). 
      1. Addiction is the state of being enslaved to something.
      2. It is an unusual great interest in something. 

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One thought on “Seven Reasons I Became a Minister

  1. I love this reminder of why you became a minister and it is part of the reason why I love you so very much!

    Your only wife, Linda

    Sent from my iPhone

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