“Talent, ability and who you know may get you an open door, but only faithfulness will keep it open.”

Faithfulness, not the ministry itself, is the primary issue associated with your calling. Whether you serve as a church leader or a marketplace minister, faithfulness is foundational for all success.

You can spend your entire life striving to be an expert in your field and finding the perfect place to serve only to realize that your days and energy are used up and you have reached the end of the journey as an expert in search of the perfect opportunity.

Calling, as described in Ephesians 4:1, is more about how we are living and faithfulness to our God-given purpose than what we did or where we did it. I believe God gives us choices about many things related to our calling and gifting, but not about passion, character and faithfulness.

Geography and skill are important, however, God seems to provide more clarity and direction to those who are found faithful where they are presently serving.

“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:2)

Without faithfulness your talent and personality may give you momentary influence, but you will fail in long-term sustainable success if you fail to show up every day with a heart and attitude to serve.

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Martin Luther King Jr.