23 Feb Your Ministy Matters
If just 2 or 3 or 10 years ago you had told me I would be in full-time ministry, I would have laughed. The very last thing I ever imagined I would be doing for a living is full-time ministry. But God sure has a sense of humor, right? It has been about 8 months since I left my corporate world job to pursue ministry and I can’t say I have a clue to what I am doing, but I can say I know I am where I am supposed to be.
I think so often we have a skewed thought about being in ministry. Have you ever had the thought that to serve Christ you have to be in ministry? That you have to be on stage with a microphone? A pastor at a church? An author? The next Beth Moore?
Let’s first start by looking at Jesus’ ministry. I don’t think I will quite be able to articulate it with just one verse or a few sentences, but for purposes of this post, let’s start with Matthew 28:19-20 which says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
What was Jesus after? Again, it’s hard to articulate in just one verse or one sentence, but his heart was to serve and love others, bear fruit, make disciples, heal the sick and share the good news of the gospel. Jesus set the example for how you and I should live our life today.
You don’t have to have the title of leader or founder or pastor or podcaster or blogger or author. You don’t have to work for a Christian organization. You don’t need a college or seminary degree. You don’t have to make a certain income. Whatever you do all day, every day, is your ministry. I realize this might be obvious for some, but I am believing at least one person needs to hear this message today — your ministry matters. And yes, your ministry is going to look different from everyone elses.
That means when you are homeschooling 4 children at home, your ministry matters.
And when you are teaching a classroom full of kindergartens, your ministry matters.
And when you spend 8 to 5 sitting in an office, your ministry matters.
And when you are at the hospital taking care of children who are sick, your ministry matters.
And when you are serving customers at a restaurant, your ministry matters.
Have you had that revelation before? If you are a teacher, your kids are your ministry. If you are a stay-at-home wife, your husband is your ministry. The list could go on and on, but I want to encourage you that your life and your job and your role and your ministry is just as important as the person next to you.
Don’t let the enemy tell you that what you do day in and day out is not important, because I am here to remind you that it is important! Start looking at your job or your hobbies as your ministry and expect God to use you to serve and love others, bear fruit, make disciples, heal the sick and share the good news of the gospel!
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