Picking the crowd to minister to…
When we heard the word ministry we will immediately think about the list of things that we can minister at church. We immediately think of church and church ministry department. Starting maybe from pastoral all the way to care or even prayer group.
At least this will be in your mind if you have been a Christian your whole life. Now, is it true though, that our ministry is that shallow? Just within the four walls of church? I’m just trying to broaden our perspective about ministry. I think I have written about this on my previous journal, but this would be a great reminder just to go into it again.
When we serve or minister at church it feels like the holiest place and the holiest thing we can do. At least that’s what I thought. But lately I discovered more challenging truth regarding this.
As human we are called by God to shine the light upon this world, to preserve the world. Many times we fail to realise that the people that in need the most is the people that lives outside the comfort of the four walls of church. Why do we fail to see that? Because it’s easy. It’s way easier to be kind, loving, gentle and gracious towards the people within our church. After all they are our brothers and sisters in Christ, aren’t they? We ought to love them. The blood of Christ has united us.
But when it comes to the people that is outside that four walls. Who has different values, understandings, life principles and even they who do not believe in Jesus Christ. It is going to be be super difficult for us to be all that we are when we were at church.
Think of your office, think of your market place. Remember how frustrated you are trying to be a good believer and shine the market place? It is so difficult, isn’t it? Sometimes we have become a schizophrenic person by having such a gap in our personality between who we are on Sunday and who we are on Monday through Saturday.
The struggle is real and God knows that. That is why it is mandatory for us to live day by day depending on His grace and mercy, so it will become a daily reminder for us to do what’s important and why we are here on this market place. An extension of who Jesus Christ is for this broken world.
My point is simple. Be kind, be patient, always loving and graceful, be merciful, don’t gossip, don’t hate, don’t anyhow despise others, be honest. Be the best you can be in Jesus Christ. Okay, I know that is a lot. It is high maintenance to do all that but it is simple, it is not hard to remember. Would you do it though? Would you at least try?
Ephesians 4:22-32 (NIV)
“22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[d]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”