Every Saint has a Kingdom Purpose


I bolted up the steps to the sterile classroom.  Entering, I scanned the room and my new peers.

Hoping for a hiding spot in the back, my heart sank as only front row seats remained.

‘Old Testament Exposition 1’ was a required course for all seminary students.  The room was maxed with bright young minds from diverse places.

The familiar whisper, “You are unqualified”, attempted to shake my resolve.

My knees were knocking.  My emotions were rocking–but my eyes were fixed on God.  I had clearly heard His call and would obey in faith.  God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

I took a seat in the front row.    www.pattiselvey.com

As instructed, the seminarians introduced themselves one by one.  Most came from exotic countries from around the world.  They desired to bring the gospel back to their homelands.

How beautiful, ”  I thought. 

Others told of great sacrifices to study at Moody.  They had invested all their money and left their loved ones behind. Some of their lives were in danger for their faith.

What amazing testimonies!’ 

A ‘boys club’ was entrenched in the class, as well.  As these academics sparred, their ginormous words were a foreign language.  The ‘one upmanship’ was obvious. Their exchanges left me confused.

Impressive?  Should I know this? Am I the only one who does not understand?’ 

There I sat— bewildered in the front row.

“Please, God, let the fire alarm sound before they get to me.  Please, please, please,”   I silently begged.

Soon it was my turn. Heart pounding, I took a deep breath. What could I add to this discussion?

“Hi. I’m Patti.  My husband and I live in the suburbs with our 5 kids.  I’m a housewife.  (Pausing, I turned directly to the professor.)  And honestly, I have no idea what those guys just said. I’ve only studied the Bible!

The nervous words escaped as insecure tears pooled in my eyes.

Momentary silence ensued as my face flushed.

And then our professor burst out in hearty laughter!  Smiling, he walked over to my front row seat.

“Patti, those guys over there?  They’re the ‘thinking heads’ of the Church.  Yes, we need them.  But you? You are the ‘beating heart’ of the Church.  We need you and many more like you.”

His reassuring words echoed in my mind.  Clarity brought purpose to my calling.

If all were a single member, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  1 Corinthians 12:19-21

Church, the thinking heads need the beating hearts.  The beating hearts need the thinking heads.

Every saint has a Kingdom purpose.              LIVEFREETHURSDAY


Known by our love for one another.

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6 thoughts on “Every Saint has a Kingdom Purpose

  1. Hi Patti! I LOVE this!! The professor is SO RIGHT. As I was reading it, I remembered when I was 46 and starting graduate school. I had been teaching a junior high special education class for 15 years and felt the Lord was nudging me to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist to work with folks who needed more than pastoral care, but needed a spiritual underpinning as well. Everyone was younger than I except for maybe one person in my class. It took me almost 5 years between kids and teaching, but I finished and retired last year after 25 years working in a Christian private practice and on two different church staffs. I can’t wait to see what the Lord does in and through you! Blessings on your day! So happy to be visiting today at the Linkup at Suzanne Eller.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Pam! Your story gives me so much encouragement. I have one more year to complete on this MA in Spiritual Formation & Discipleship. It will take me 5 years to complete. Spinning it positively, one year of grad school for each of my 5 kids! It’s all in God’s timing and I don’t think He is done with me yet! I believe a doctorate in spiritual transformation or a doctorate in worship studies is next on the horizon. Either way, I’m up for it! Much love to you, sweet sister!

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