Hey everyone. It’s Ann with a thought for you to ponder.
Do all pulpits have to be in a church? Or is your pulpit wherever God plants you?
We all have different god-given gifts, and if you’re a churchgoer – there’s nothing worse than feeling forced to use your gift in the church.
Deep inside, you love the Lord with all of your heart and you want to win others to Christ, but you don’t aspire to be a pastor, deacon, elder, or Sunday School teacher. And that’s OK.
Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” To go into all the WORLD we ourselves have to be in it. Now remember, we are in the world, but not OF it (John 17:16).
We have to be where people who desperately need to hear the gospel hang out. They hang out in the board room, on the football field, in restaurants, on airplanes, in nursing homes, at the grocery store, at the UPS office, and automobile dealerships. Who says you can’t sell cars and get people saved at the same time?
In my years of ministry, I’ve learned that it’s not my ‘preached’ word that wins others to Christ – it’s my lifestyle and the love I have in my heart. So if my life reflects I am Kingdom and my love reflects I am the daughter of The King, it doesn’t matter where I am – I will reach those God called me to reach.
So be encouraged to exercise your gifts exactly where you believe God has placed you. Be the best sales manager, cab driver, housekeeper, writer, vice president that you can be. When you do what you do unto the glory of God – He is pleased!
I’m curious to know…Are you using your god-given gifts somewhere other than in church? If so, where? Leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.
Until next time…
Author/Speaker Ann Thomas is the founder of Ann Thomas Ministry - a ministry dedicated to encourage, equip, and empower men and women to acknowledge and embrace their God-given purpose and destiny.
Born in the West Indies, raised in NY
, and now residing in the Tampa Bay area, Ann is the proud mom of two sons, ages 22 and 17, an author, full time professional, a former radio host, inspirational and motivational speaker, serves in her local church, and ministers in the prisons on a weekly basis.
Ann’s book, “The Consecrated Cocoon – Emerging from Intimate Isolation with Power and Purpose” is a birthing place for revelation, deliverance, healing, truth, and freedom for readers who have been rejected, dismissed or hurt by others; or who are angry, disappointed, or confused by what God has allowed to enter into their life by way of a trial. Drawing on the similarities of a caterpillar metamorphosis process, Ann introduces readers to a spiritual cocoon that is a necessary time of isolation where God protects, prunes, refines, restores, prepares, and ultimately propels his mighty warriors into purpose and destiny. As readers discover a deeper intimacy with God, they also receive His unconditional love, realize their worth, and re-discover their purpose in HIM.
A blessed daughter of the Most High King and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Ann ministers at various events to fulfill the mandate of Luke 4:18. Her desire is to boldly proclaim the gospel so people will be saved, liberated, healed, and delivered.
Ann also facilitates 'topic-driven' workshops (small or large groups) that are customized based on the desired participant outcome. Topics vary to include (but are not limited to) rejection, abandonment, divorce, unforgiveness, adultery, abuse, abortion, rape, and self-esteem.
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