God has something He wants for/from every believer. Unity comes to mind, along with love and caring. Christ’s ascension caused, or left some questions unanswered in the minds and hearts of many new believers. Paul answered them directly in his letter to the Ephesians: “It was He (Christ) who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers.” ( Ephesians 4.11 ) It is good to notice from these words, that Paul said “some,” not all.
It is, however, up to us to address the “what it is” we are called to be in the family of faith. But we also need to notice that being a witness for the truth that lives within us was/is not excluded. This non-exclusion makes it very clear that we may or may not be called to a specific ministry, but in no way are we to shirk our responsibility of being a witness. Christ is specific in His instructions. “But you (and this means believers then and now) will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ( Acts 1.8 )
He did not leave any doubt as to who would be the messengers. He wants us to start right where we were when the Holy Spirit came into our being and then branch out. Jerusalem could represent our neighborhood. Maybe the folks next door or across the street are lost and need someone to show them the way. Judea and Samaria could represent our community where we live and work. (Some of us commute). And, in our travels, wherever that might take us, even to the ends of the earth. Problem though: Few respond to the call. Have you? Do you know someone who has? Is it possible, or probable that our relationship with Christ is one of our best kept secrets? Whether we accept the assignment or not, we are still the messengers.
In fact, we are the only plan God has ordained for getting the “Good News” out and about. Paul put it very succinctly to the family of believers at Corinth. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” ( 2 Corinthians 5.20 ) Even without a direct leading from the Lord, we are still ambassadors of Christ to the world in which we live. We can ignore our position and be less than what we are capable, i.e., a bad ambassador, or we can recognize our responsibility and become available to/for what Christ wants us to do/be, i.e., a good ambassador.