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17263822152_ba99ede23d_zMy 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.

Ministry/Minister

Word Origin
C14: from Latin ministerium: service, from minister: 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.

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    Gaylynne
    July 23, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Thank you, Bridget! I have been confronted with this concept so many times in my life…you’ve beautifully addressed this major paradigm shift for those of us who have spent our Christian lives trying to “find our calling.”

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    David
    July 23, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I guess I should not be surprised that my wife, unbeknownst to me and over 100 miles away at the moment, would beat me to commenting on another wonderful post. What a life changing and LIFE bringing concept. We tend to make everything more complicated than it needs to be, trying to do this and do that instead of simply being who we have been called to be as the Bride in God’s great eternal purpose first. Once we enter that, then all of the other “stuff” flows out of an abundance of Christ.

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    Donna Batty
    July 23, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Dear Bridget, this is a profound truth and experience to be lived out by all of us. I love what you have said and the truth that rings out in your words. Oh for the church to understand (not that I do yet), what it truly means to minister to God Himself. Reminds me of when Jesus said to Saul “why do you persecute Me?” Perhaps in the same way, by what we do to and with our brothers and sisters in His body, we minister to Him also? Thank you sister. So encouraging.
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    christo swanepoel
    July 24, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Awesome, thanks.

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    Tobias Valdez
    July 27, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Beautifully expressed sister! I am sharing my thoughts because I know there are those out there who would say, “But I don’t want a ministry, I’m not “called” to the ministry, etc.

    Like you, I spent many years pursuing things, a ministry, a career, and so many more things I don’t care to count. Ultimately, it all boiled down to knowing my purpose. I wanted to find my purpose in life. I figured, if I could find my purpose, then I could use that as the springboard for everything else. If I knew what I was here for, then I would know what I was supposed to do, then I would be able to figure out how to do it.

    Even in pursuing a purpose, that deep gnawing hunger for something more than this life would not go away. I learned that I was not created for myself. I was not created to express my own life. I was not created to live for my own purpose. I was, in fact, created for a purpose much larger than myself, an eternal purpose. Learning that the Lord God has an eternal purpose that is all summed up in the person of Jesus Christ, completely changed things for me, because if He has a purpose, which drove Him to create, and He created all of us, then that must mean He created us to be for His eternal purpose, to His glory!

    Once I began to understand His eternal purpose (I’m still growing in this every day), I began to understand that I am here to be built together with brothers and sisters in Christ into the spiritual dwelling place of God, to be formed into the Body of Christ, to become a portion of the Bride of Christ, and to be a living part of the community of Christ that expresses His life on the earth…all by knowing Him, pursuing Him, and abiding in Him.

    There is so much more that can be said of this, but I suppose the world would not contain it all if it were to be written down. Someone else said that once. 😉

    Thank you for bringing this valuable insight to us. Love you, sis!

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      Donna Batty
      August 2, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Loved reading your comment Tobias. My heart was lifted and my eyes turned to Jesus as I read it. So special to know this Christ of ours together in His body, and this unfolding mesmerising eternal purpose of His. What a glorious Lord to behold. Bless you brother, in your pursuit and sighting of Christ and all that He is!

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