As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. (2 Timothy 4:5 NRSV)
Shortly after Steve Kern graduated from college, he joined an oil company, relocated to a new city, and met and married his wife, Pam. They were both nominal Christians: they read the Bible and went to church, but they never sought God's guidance. Together Steve and Pam dreamed of being rich and traveling all over the world. Then one day Steve accompanied his pastor to a nearby neighborhood stricken with high unemployment. Something happened that day as Steve helped to feed and clothe the starving people he found there. He knew, somehow, that this is what God wanted him to do.

A few years later Steve was invited to El Salvador with a group from church. He didn't want to go, but it seemed that whenever he prayed, he seemed to hear the words, "Go to El Salvador." So he went. And while there, he felt another call: this time to become a missionary.

Again Steve and Pam prayed hard, trying to decide if they should quit their jobs, sell their home, and move to El Salvador. Today that's where Steve, Pam and their three children live, helping the people there and calling them to God.

We must love God enough that we are willing to make God's ministry our own, and work towards it.

Dear God, help me to take the nominal out of my Christian faith. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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