What is Ministry to You?

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.

 

Some of My Best Men Are Women

This article is taken from Charismamag.com and was written by Carol McLeod. I hope it bless you like it blessed me.

 

General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, is known to have said, “Some of my best men are women!”

Isn’t that an interesting quote spoken by one of the most powerful Christian leaders of the 19th century?

“Some of my best men are women!” Just let those profound words soak into your heart for a minute and then let me stretch you just a bit farther …

I wonder if these words are not also in the heart and mind of God at this moment in history? I wonder if when the Father looks down from His bird’s eye view of all that is happening on the earth today, if He turns to His Son seated on His right side and with a twinkle in His eye echoes the words of William Booth, “Some of my best men are women”! And, I wonder if the Holy Spirit, who is most certainly eavesdropping on the conversation, raises His fist in the air in complete agreement with the Father. I wonder.

God is looking for a few good men and a few good women to make a difference in His kingdom at every juncture in history. Perhaps the Father who created all of us in His heart of love is not so concerned with the gender on our birth certificate as He is with the condition of our hearts.

“I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;

And your sons and daughters will prophesy …

… Even on the male and female servants

Now, more, than ever, women need to understand their important role and their significance to the call and intent of God. God has a Holy Spirit that is meant to endue humanity, male and female, with power from on high. Men and women receive the same power in the same measure.

The power that both men and women receive from the same Holy Spirit gives to them the power to be courageous witnesses and to fulfill the God-given mandate that is particular to each generation.

What is it that God is calling you to do with the power of His Holy Spirit? The days of cowering in fear, hiding behind insignificance and wallowing in lack of opportunities are over. God is blowing doors wide open for women as never before. It is time for women to march forward in grand anticipation of all that God can do through one woman submitted to the call of God and filled with His Holy Spirit.

His Spirit, the Holy Spirit of Pentecost, has been poured out upon your life! What will you do with it? Don’t waste these days of power and of open doors! When Peter received the Holy Spirit, thousands of people were saved … when John received the Holy Spirit, lame men walked … when Paul received the Holy Spirit, prison walls fell down.

What will you do with the Holy Spirit that has been poured out on your life? I believe that God is looking at your life this very day, with a twinkle in His eye, and is reminding you that some of His very best men, indeed, are women!

Carol McLeod is an author and popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. Carol encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. She has written five books, No More Ordinary, Holy Estrogen!, The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart and Defiant Joy! Her most recent book, Refined: Finding Joy in the Midst of the Fire, will be released on August 1. Her teaching DVD, The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart, won the Telly Award, a prestigious industry award for excellence in religious programming.