My little sister got married this year. She was 31 and this was her first (and we expect only) marriage. This was also her first and only boyfriend. I love that she took Jesus at His word. While she was waiting we had a saying, “Pursue the Lord and you won’t miss out on a husband. Pursue a husband and you will miss out on the Lord.”
That saying can work in so many ways. “Pursue the Lord and you won’t miss out on ministry. Pursue ministry and you will miss out on the Lord.”
I felt called to something more than the nominal christian life the summer after my senior year in high school. I spent the next 12 years trying desperately to figure out what that calling was. What was my ministry? Many well meaning believers were very eager to encourage me to “use my gifts and talents for the Lord.” So I tried. and tried. and tried.
But guess what? That deep, gnawing hunger for something more than this life would not go away. No matter how successful I appeared, no matter how many emotional highs I experienced. I thought I was pursuing Jesus, but I was pursuing a ministry and using Jesus to find it.
Finally, through the grace of God (I do not say that lightly), I let it all go. Completely. And once I had empty hands I began to experience Jesus in a way I never imagined. He became more alive, more real, more present, more substantial than I dared believe. He began to fill that deep, gnawing hunger like only He can. I no longer needed a ministry because I now had Jesus.
And that’s when I found my ministry. I found my ministry long before I wrote a blog and planted churches. I found my ministry in the Body of Christ, alongside my brothers and sisters who were also finding theirs. Together, we ministered unto the Lord, and through each other He ministered unto us. And I saw true ministry. Real, spiritual ministry. Every one serving. Every one a servant.
The church’s purpose is to minister to God. To willingly yield herself to being built into His House. And through Her, God ministers to His own, and to the world. What a high and lofty calling! There is nothing more important in the world.
Saints, let’s pursue our Lord. He is our ministry.