How to find your “ministry”


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The opposite of being involved in “ministry” (the way we mean it – see all the other posts on the three things we’re made to do, work, play, ministry) is to live solely for oneself.  The reason I keep pointing out that work, no matter how good and godly, is not the same thing as a ministry is…everything you do for work really benefits you.  You get paid to do that stuff.  And for jobs you don’t get paid much to do (like professional church jobs, pastors, teachers, missionaries, etc), you still get the glory for it.  If I preach a good sermon or start a successful ministry I get all the kudos and recognition for it… And the same with your work, no matter how redemptive and giving you may be, it ultimately benefits you.  But ministry – the stuff you do apart from work in which you partner with God to save the world – is different.  You (usually) don’t get extra credit for your ministry (until after you die)…  The opposite of being involved in ministry is living a life devoted to self.  No matter how busy your path (following Jesus) is, Jesus’ real ministry took place when he was not preaching to crowds, when he was taken aside to deal with ‘unimportant’ (to his disciples) people…  So here’s a quick guide on how to find some ministries for YOU right now…

Step 1 – Get your heart right.  If you’re not in a place where you want to serve God by serving people – then go back and find what you need to get there.

Step 2 – Find some needs.  People find it easier to find needs far away… it’s easier to fund afterschool centers in Macau than it is to help an afterschool center you pass by on the way to work.  It has something to do with your level of maturity.  But if you really can’t see any needs around you – look further away.

Step 3 – Find something you can do that’s both effective and sacrificial.  I’ll make it easy for you.  If you pass by homeless people everyday and see that as a need – go help out at a food bank (or something), then write them a big fat check.  Once you start writing the fat checks – trust me, you’ll find ways to serve and get involved (where your money is, there your heart will be also).

You might have dozens of ministries between now and next year, but the process is the same.  With a servant’s heart you look out and find needs, and then do things that are both effective and sacrificial…

Personally, when I look around I see the greatest need, the greatest thirst, the greatest hunger is for God.  People are spiritually starved and so they’re eating things they shouldn’t, making themselves sick.  But as food prices are reaching an all-time high (globally), and famines and droughts plague the earth – it will be up to Jesus-people to do what Jesus did and feed the masses from scarce human resources…

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  1. The Ministry of Friend-Building
  2. Your ministry…
  3. Work and Ministry…
  4. Fun and your ministry…
  5. Guide to finding your ministry…
  6. Balancing work, play AND ministry…
  7. Why I’m glad we don’t have Sunday school teachers…
  8. Lessons from 2010, Ministry

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