1 Nov 2006

Ministry & Service

Submitted by Stephen Winters

People often us the terms of “Christian ministry” and “serving God” to identify specific “types” of activities in specific places. For example, “serving God” by teaching a Bible study, or preaching, etc.
As I’ve thought more about this, the realization comes to me that we (all of God’s followers) are all “called” to be “ministers” at All Times. Our lives are not meant to be divided up into “spirtual” and “secular” components. We are to serve God with our every life and breath throughout every moment of our lives. When we speak kindly to our family, neighbors, customers, and aquaitances, we are either “serving” God or our flesh. We don’t serve God just because we call it “serving God” or “Christian ministry”

“Serving” God and “ministry” are not meant to be religious terms. They refer to the way that we live our lives on a day to day basis. Very simply put, “serving” can be rightly used in attending to the needs of others. Similarly, the word “ministering” is ver similar in meaning to “serving”, only it seems to have more of a healing sense to it.

We don’t have to be constantly using the name of God or Jesus to call something service. I so appreciate what St. Francis of Assisi said “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.”

For most of my growing up years I’ve heard about the need to “witness to unbelievers”. I was always to intimidated because I didn’t know what to say and also felt so uneasy abuot it. When I was older I had taken a “Master Life” course at a church. Part of this course was to teach people to develop a “testimony” and to be able to witness others. During this course I had finally written out a “testimony”.

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