Every creature that God created, He created them with a purpose and with an intention to serve him at different capacities with kingdom energy and kingdom compassion. Therefore, when any one is need of help, our character should reflect that of the king and creator (Zust et al., 2017). Just like in spreading the gospel and leading his church, Christian counselling is part of the service of God’s kingdom because it involves giving hope to the hopeless, directing those who lost direction, and leading those who have lost their way back to the ways that resemble the ways of Jesus Christ (Blue et al., 2014). Christian counselling is a combination off scriptural principles and modern counselling methods with the center of integration being the reference of the biblical truths. The focal point of Christian counsellor comprises of the mind, soul, and body and the perception of a more rewarding hereafter reinforces behavior change and behavior modification in the process of counselling. This paper therefore presents Christian counselling as a mission and describes my personal belief and hope that god will deploy me for his purposes.
God calls people to do his work and guides them all through the course of the work. However, it is important to first understand why God created human being. It is clear that god created humankind to work and He commands them to work to the degree in which He has enabled them (Gagnon et al., 2018). In the beginning of the world, god built work in the essence of humanity (Blue et al., 2014). The fact that he created human beings in his own image and he himself is work translates to his purpose of creating humankind. Besides, after creating Adam he gave him authority to rule over the creatures of the land and the sea.
So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth” (Genesis 1:27-28).
From the verse, it is evident that everyone is called to work. In addition, it is important that people understand that there is a calling to life and not to work only. Colossians 3:17 state that “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Thus as a Christian counsellors, the mission should be carried out in the name of Lord Jesus. Jesus is described as a wonderful counsellor in the bible; therefore, carrying out counselling in His name means working according to the service of God’s Kingdom (Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, 2019). As a result, believing in him in the endeavor is the way to succeed in the mission, which is marred with many challenges, and He will give guidance and protection if one believes in Him and walks in faith.
When one shoulders their share of the world without complaining and murmuring then it is true that, they have been deployed to serve in the Lord’s service. Besides, the great commission challenges people to preach the gospel to all nations which comprises of the young, old, male, female, poor, and rich (Gagnon et al., 2018). God’s love is generous enough for the whole world and with humanity in his minds, god is looking for people who can serve him and spread the word of his kingdom and lead the Church without fear because He is with them (Adams, 2019). God is looking for people to serve Him; in Ezekiel 22:30 “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land that I might not destroy it but I found no one.” The world is full of wickedness and God needs a few people to stand in the gap for Him so that he may not destroy the land (Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, 2019). Therefore, the presence of counsellors is important in Christianity and to the whole world because they ensure that people receive spiritual nourishment and in time of anger, God may not destroy the land when He finds someone to stand in the gap for Him. Just like Jesus came to serve and not to be served, as evident in the verse:
“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mathew 20:25-28).
Therefore, those who serve in the body of Christ should ensure that they emulate him in their ways of life and actions. God is concerned with how the mind of a person thinks and enforces on the importance of the renewal of mind in the scripture (Gagnon et al., 2018). Therefore, counsellors serve the will of god because counselling attempts to renew people’s minds therapeutically and using appropriate interventions and techniques (Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, 2019). Thus, it is important for counsellors to know that Christian counselling involves interaction with a counsellor who is like-minded and understands that the mind of a Christian is subject to change (Adams, 2019). Thus, in all the endeavors, Gods guidance prevails to those whom He has called to do His work. The renewal of mind is evident in the scripture:
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Walking in faith has been a great part of my Christian counselling mission because of the challenges that it entails. During counselling, one can meet different people good and bad, believers and no-believers, Christians and non-Christians, humble and rude, and in all the encounters, I have come out successful thus a trues sign that God is in control, guides my path, and ensures that the more people get to know his ways. God’s calling is a job that goes deeper than what takes place in the workplace because it is calling that involves redemption of the world. Thus, my mission must be an integral part of Jesus Christ (Adams, 2019). His work of redemption can occur in every workplace through justice, healing, reconciliation, compassion, kindness, humility and patience (Colossians 3:12). Thus, as a counsellor, getting involved in patience, humility, compassion, reconciliation, and kindness during the Christian counselling endeavor mean that I am taking part in the redemption of the world, which is part of service in the Lord’s Kingdom.
In conclusion, God created humankind to serve him. Counselling is a calling and a service in the Kingdom of God that aims at renewal of mind and making people know there creator and change their ways. Given the challenges involved in the mission, it is important that counselors cast their burden in Christ, walk in faith, and believe that their God is control. As the Bibles, promises that those who are serving god are protected, Christian counsellors should not fear challenges and persecussuons associated with Christian counselling.
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