A couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have guessed this is how my life would be going. I had, and still have, my plans, but the way things have panned out has amazed me. I’m not an expert on spiritual matters, especially as it concerns man’s ordination.
For several years I wondered why we would need to be ordained by man if God was calling us to do something. This seems like we are putting our trust in something other than God. I was once told this was to narrow and test people to see who was truly being called, but this hasn’t seemed to work. We are taught a human sin management system instead. I’ve seen those who were truly adamant about spreading the gospel, but were told the only way to do it was by institutional means. Sadly, this places people inside a box and limits them from doing what God may actually want. This was the same type of system devised by the Pharisees. They decided who was worthy to present religious views by their standards, and those who did not agree were ostracized. This included Jesus and the disciples.
The disciples were directly taught by Jesus, but they had no religious seminary training. Why is it that religion today still wants to “train” people? Could it perhaps be that religious institutions have to test to see who is on board, who can be manipulated to tie their financial security to “ministry,” and who will not. It is indeed a sad state of affairs that so many have placed their livelihood in man-made measures instead of Jesus. I realize many are (or feel) trapped now as they have invested many years in the system. Others may know the pitfalls but have been convinced that these ways are the only ways and any other method will fail. This, again, takes the trust away from God’s methods and puts it in the hands of man.
Perhaps the system does work though. Those that cannot in good conscience bind themselves to such ways are the ones who learn to trust in God’s plan more. This place outside of the box can be an amazingly wide open space that leads us into an immense relationship directly with Jesus.