Follow Your Call with all Your Heart
Reverend Ken Waldrup, M.Div.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. ~ 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT)
As a history buff, I was kind of excited about the buzz surrounding a new Broadway show, Hamilton. I’ve always been fascinated by this little-known founding father whose face is on the $10 bill. Alexander Hamilton had an extraordinary life and his influence is still felt even today. Hamilton was a young man, born in the Caribbean, and sent to New York on scholarship because of his brilliance and tenacity. He later dropped out of college to join the American revolutionary movement where he became an aide to George Washington and eventually the first secretary of the treasury. Essentially, he created the U.S. banking system and established a stable monetary foundation for the new nation. This gifted young man used his talents and abilities in an exceptional way that no one would have expected.
As Christians, we have all been gifted with abilities to also make a mark in this world. Just as Hamilton, we are to use these gifts to accomplish monumental tasks God has set before us. We might not be called to create a nation’s banking system, but God has a call on each and every one of our lives. It is important that we each identify our gifts and find the place of service where we can exercise those gifts. Not everyone has been called to pastor or preach, however, everyone is a minister—whether it be teaching five-year olds or mowing the church lawn. We have all been given the opportunity to play a role in God’s kingdom and it is our responsibility to seek out where we can best use our talents for Him.
God has called us not only to find a place a service but to serve with excellence. We should seek out opportunities for training, use whatever resources we have available to their fullest extent, and use our full capacity to strive to serve God with our utmost. “Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter4:11b) We must remember that in our service we are not only serving each other—we are ultimately serving God. In this, God deserves nothing less than our wholehearted commitment to the task at hand and our best that we have to give.
If anyone has been involved in ministry for more than five minutes, you realize that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. More often than not, you feel discouraged and left wondering if what you’re doing actually matters. I assure you it does. Do not allow discouragement, perceived lack of success, or unrecognition to distract you from playing the role God has for you. You will never know the difference you are making in the lives of the individuals God has placed in your path and the seeds you are planting that will one day produce fruit. As it states in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.” (NASB) It is of utmost importance to remember not to give up or to lose heart.
We as believers have a wonderful opportunity to impact the world around us with the love of Christ through special gifts that only we can offer. It is our responsibility to seek out a place of service that best fits our gifts and abilities. In these places of service, we must strive for excellence to bring glory to God and serve Him faithfully. And when discouragement creeps in, as it inevitably will, we must remember that the role we are playing is important and must not be abandoned when it gets difficult. If we stay the course in our ministries, we will play a part in a greater picture which has eternal significance. Just as Hamilton’s influence is still felt today, your ministry will have a lasting legacy through those you have served. What role is God asking you to play?
Reverend Kenneth D. Waldrup, Chaplain at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) near Atlanta, feels that life is at its fullest when he is contributing to the community or passing on knowledge in some way.
Ken currently holds Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana, a Bachelor of Ministry from Brewton-Parker College, Mt. Vernon, Georgia, and is working towards his Doctor of Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Outside of his work for CTCA, he serves as an Adjunct Professor at Leavell College-New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Jonesboro, Georgia, teaching biblical and ministerial courses. He has also served as Youth Pastor at Providence Baptist Church in Palmetto, Georgia from 2008-2016.
Waldrup’s life outside of CTCA centers around his wife and son and volunteering at his local church.