During this season of Lent, we spend time examining our relationship with God and Christ. Part of that time can be spent seeking to understand the ministry that Christ has given to us. It’s not a case of if. Each of us as a follower of Christ has been called to some ministry. Our first task is to identify the ministry. Sometimes it’s very clear; other times it’s as clear as mud. And still other times it’s clear but we resist pouring ourselves into the ministry.
I know that when I felt God calling me into the pastoral ministry, I resisted with all my being. It was a ministry that I didn’t want to pour myself into. I had other plans for my life. Only after I surrendered myself to this ministry did I have any peace. But even now I continue to seek to understand what Christ has in store for me. You see, it is not a one-time thing. It is dynamic, always changing as the world around us changes. One of the reasons the church is in the shape it is today is that we resist not only Christ’s ministry for us, but also the changes that come along. Doing the same thing is comfortable. But, doing the same thing is how we got to where we are today.
The Apostle Paul talks about the joy that he had as he invests himself in the ministry Christ had for him. My prayer for all of us is that we can have that joy together.
Lord Jesus, we ask that you make clear the ministry you have for us and our church. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!