[My friend asked me why it was I felt called to go into ministry. With my background, I had been determined to either become a lawyer or a doctor (Otorhinolaryngologist), and then run for public office in legislative politics. He asked me why I chose ministry over these options, and my response is below.]
I always find that curious when ppl decide thats what they want to do. Its a big commitment. It’s not like saying mmmm im going to go be a lawyer. Did u feel the conviction so strong?
It really is a question of investment and returns. Could I have been a lawyer and argued significant cases before a court? Sure. Could I have then used my prestige to raise funds and become a politician? Absolutely. I believe God has gifted me with the traits necessary for such work; systematic thinking, rational argumentation, charisma, articulated speaking, etc. The same of a doctor. I could have labored through medical school and made a ton of money. Yet what is the return? I looked at it like this. How do I weigh working to change something like worldly law when I can in fact exposit God’s Law. How minimal the law of man, regardless of the nation, when compared to God’s law. For one, His law is infinite, whereas one day the Constitution will in fact be rubbish. In addition, what of being a doctor? I could heal the sick and save lives, but how does that compare? The same with the law. I could save a man and add years to his life, yet how much greater to add not simply years, but an eternity! I could alleviate the pains of people as a doctor, but I cannot grant them Joy! Happiness, sure. But true joy that depends on no physical position or lack of suffering? Hardly! So what if I make little money. I am investing in God’s kingdom. If I really truely believe The Gospel saves. That Jesus really does change people, and saves them, and fulfills them purpose, how empty the laws of man and the medicines of the physician! Are they important? Yes. But if I compared them to God’s Law and His Healing and Grace, they pale in comparison. they are dead like weeds.
So then. Where would it be most reasonable to invest my talents as a student and a servant? I could go nowhere else, through reason and conviction, then to serve God by serving his children. By reminding them that their ultimate purpose is not a government or their body and its health, But God’s Kingdom, and being one with the Body of Believers. Being wedded to Christ. I had to ask if I wanted to lead people to the purpose of their existence, or add to the workings of man’s hands. So it was one of conviction and reason and investment. Seemed most logical, reasonable, and honest to invest in something eternal.
And a closing word: I regret it not one bit. Such service has given me treasures that, when compared to man’s finances and riches and goods, makes them seem like sludge and filth. I am rich beyond any condition of the world. That is TRUE wealth.