I have been blessed to experience many levels of training this year with the job the Lord has blessed me with. Throughout this training I have learned there are many avenues to ministering to people than behind a pulpit in church.
Ministry is “the office, duties, or work of a religious minister.” In order to be effective in ministry, one must know how to be an effective minister. The word minister is a verb and means “attend to the wants and needs of others.” Jesus strongly encouraged us to tend to the needs of others. Matthew 20:26-28 says, “But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
With the line of work I am in, I have the opportunity to assist others who may not be able to achieve their goals without the assistance of someone showing them the way. There are some who are in this profession with me who do not understand the need of those they are serving, and therefore cannot serve them properly. The scripture reminds us in the book of Jude to have compassion because we are able to make a difference in the lives of others with it. Jesus always showed compassion on the people and assisted them with achieving healing, deliverance, and wholeness by doing so.
As servants of Christ, we are the vehicles of change that others should be able to use in order to reach their purpose. I am responsible for living a life of recovery before those who may not know what it looks like, and if I do not serve them properly in the place they are in, I will never be able to help them use all of their strengths to become who they were meant to be. By no means am I Christ, however, He showed me what Holiness (recovery) looks like, and now I model that before a lost and dying world. All of this is ministry and it is taking place outside the walls of the church, away from the pulpit, and without preaching a Sunday morning sermon.
The key part in all of this is the word “serve.” Serve is a verb and one meaning of it is this, “be of use in achieving or satisfying.” Ministry is not about how well others do for us, but what we are doing well for others. Anyone can preach good in the pulpit, but is your life helping someone else achieve their purpose in Christ?
* Ministry is a work, and work is sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result.
What work have we put in in order to help someone overcome the obstacles plaguing their life?
* Ministry is a duty, and duty is something that you must do because it is morally right or because the law requires it. The law of God requires us to live Holy, and to give our life for another. The word tells us to live according to this gospel we preach to others.
* Ministry is an office, an office is a position of responsibility.
We are responsible as servants of Christ to make sure we do all we can to model truth before a world who has been deceived by the lies of this world’s system.
We are responsible for making sure our ministry it to the Glory of God, and not our own personal opinions and agendas.
So, I ask the question, What is ministry to you?
Is it preaching and making a name for yourself?
Is it seeing how much money you can make running revivals or bouncing from church to church pastoring?
Is it being able to have more members in your congregation than the church down the road who only has a few?
Is it being able to be a skilled musician who can play the keyboard until the walls sweat at church?
Or, is it being kind to a person who has lost everything and showing them there is a God in Heaven who loves them enough to help them through this tough time by the way we live, and not verbally preach?
The scriptures says in John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
This is the evidence, so measure your ministry and see if you are doing this in the life of God’s people:
Ephesians 4:11-16. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.