While browsing through my bookmarked blogs, I came across a great post on inProgress. Tam’s post was about describing our lives as a weather report. Brilliant! Thanks, Tam.
That got me thinking about something dear to my heart – ministry. As a pastor, part of my duties involve pulpit ministry, preaching God’s immeasurable Word, but that’s certainly not all. Ministry is also outside the four walls of the local church; we are to reach out to a lost and dying world, teaching and making disciples of all people.
I would like to pose a question today. What will you do today, or what have you done beginning Monday of this week, that addresses your involvement in ministry? It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering or something that would be put on the front page of a newspaper, but must be ministry.
I’ll give an example, if that’s okay with you. Our daughter and two granddaughters have moved into the parsonage with my wife and me. Thankfully, the congregation doesn’t mind, and there’s room. Well, she brought her 4-month old puppy with her, along with a little gerbil. My wife and I already have a 4-year old Westie, and he’s king of the house. Though the two dogs played well together, we knew it wasn’t going to work out very well, so we thought it best to take little “Lucky” to the county humane society.
As soon as we walked in, one of the staff members immediately fell in love with Lucky, but was unable to take him; she already has two big dogs. There was absolutely no more room in the kennels, and another humane society we called was full, too. Well, now! Just then, a young couple came out of the kennel area into the lobby where they saw our cute little puppy. We heard them exclaim “what a beautiful puppy!”
The staff member whispered, “go outside” and we did. Here’s the part about ministry: We began talking to that young couple about their family, where they lived, what they did for a living, and, of course, the puppy. There was an instant bond between them and Lucky, and you could tell they wanted him. As we talked, the conversation shifted gears and we began talking about their relationship with Christ. They have been attending their grandparent’s church locally, but have not been in about six months.
We told them our church is looking for young couples just like them. They didn’t look like typical church-going people, but that does not matter. Jesus is looking for “whosoever will”, and that young couple fits the description. We want to see them, and their four children again. Would you help us pray for them?