A Man Or Woman Of God
- By Indu Shanmugam
- Published 05/23/2008
Indu Shanmugam is a 20-something, college student from Oregon, USA. She is majoring in English literature and language. She also studied Theology for a short period. She wants to be a teacher. As a literature enthusiast, she enjoys literature of all types and from writers of various backgrounds from the classics, French realists, Christian writings like C.S Lewis and South Asian literature. As for her own writings, "I am still trying to find and develop my own voice." She sees the art of the written word as a way to speak about Christ and explore truth. Before she met Jesus Christ, she has been searching for the meaning of life through experimentation of other religions, philosophies and ideas. At the age of 17, she accepted Christ after a powerful encounter with God through a miracle. God's presence and deep truths in the Bible fuel her creativity. She is involved in church activities and has a love for the church and would like to see every believer grow, become closer to God and live fruitfully. She loves traveling, sipping bubble teas, theatre, music, films and hanging out with friends and has a weakness for cheesecake.
A man or woman of God is any true believer of Christ that knows and loves God and follows after him. This person seeks to grow in love, relationship with Christ and wants his name to be known. Fame, prestige and positions may not be relevant to whether a person is in God's will or not. In fact, a man or woman of God is not a 'super-Christian' or a Christian celebrity with outward charisma.
Ecclesiastical positions, titles or hierarchies have a purpose. Some are called to that. However, should ministry positions and titles be considered a prestigious priviledge or being on top of the rung? That is very reflective of a corporation, which I don't believe a church should be. We're a body of Christ.
As for myself, I'm a strong believer in the idea of "priesthood of all believers". I believe it takes all people of all backgrounds, educational levels, ages, careers, vocations, skills, personalities to do God's work. God's work is not limited to certain types such as those bible-college types and pastors or the supposedly 'special anointed ones'. God operates through the lives of the average, ordinary Christians. The Great Commission and purposes of God that we partake as believers is for ALL who believe in Christ not a select few.