“After all, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? Simply ministers through whom you became believers, each of them doing only what the Lord assigned him.” —1 Corinthians 3:5
Any kind of Christian worship or work is ministry, but there is a special gift of ministry . This is the same word used for the deacons who waited on tables for the early church. The gift of ministry is serving people in very practical ways by supernatural power. Paul called “ministry” collecting money which he delivered to the starving believers in Jerusalem .
We all need practical help in living each day; therefore, we need ministry. Without it, we have faith without works, which is dead . Without ministry, Christian community is impossible and everyday life becomes unbearable. Ministry applies God’s love to the details of life. Jesus came to serve, not to be served, even giving up His life . We must follow in His footsteps by washing one another’s feet and bearing one another’s burdens. And thus we will fulfill the law of God.
This week’s challenge is to find ways to do ministry. Your ministry may be prayer or to be an activist for somone less fortunate than yourself. Try to think of some little way you can serve.
Here are a few possibilities:
- Do a chore for someone who is sick
- Invite someone to have coffee with you
- Write a note of encouragement
- Pray for strangers
I hope you get the idea. Just take the time to give of yourself by serving others.