If we are spending time with God
and other Christians, we will be getting a lot of spiritual nourishment.
But we also need spiritual exercise. If all we do is take, and never
give, our faith will become stagnant because we will not be using
what were learning and experiencing. Not only do we need to
give for our own sake, we need to give for others sake. God
gives us so much love when we relate with Him, that we need to let
that love overflow from our life into the lives of others.
There are two main ways we can
give of ourselves: Giving through Ministry and Giving of
The term ministry can seem intimidating
to many people because we tend to think of pastors, missionaries,
or people who work in the church. But dont worry you
dont always have to give up your career goals in order to
minister! Ministry is simply reaching out to others and giving of
yourself. It can be something we do through our church on a regular
basis, or something we do personally from time to time.
WHY MINISTER TO OTHERS?
God designed the church, the body of Christ, to work
like a human body (read 1 Peter 4.10 and 1 Corinthians 12.5, 27).
Just like your body needs all its limbs and organs to do their part
in order to function normally, a church needs all its members to
do their part to function normally. When we all do our part to make
things work, we not only meet our needs, but also the needs of those
around us. When we arent doing our part, the body suffers.
Perhaps more importantly for our own growth, ministry
helps us experience God and know Him more fully. When God asks us
to love and reach out to others, we often have to rely on His strength.
We get to know God more as we obey Him and He provides us with what
we need so that we CAN obey Him. Ministry is truly a life-changing
part of our walk, as we see God work in lives around us, as we see
Him using us in His work, and as we experience His love and grace
when we otherwise wouldnt.
HOW DO WE MINISTER?
We can minister to others in many different ways
it can be through an existing church or ministry or it can be through
your own personal way of sharing Gods love:
- talking to and reaching out to people who need
friends or are hurting
- showing Gods love (being friendly) to those
who have no friends
- helping out leaders in ministry or helping with
church ministries like youth group, childrens ministries,
- teaching or leading Christian groups like Bible
studies, prayer groups, etc.
- doing grunt work like setting up, cleaning,
or errand running for a ministry
- spending time with those who are less mature in
their faith with the object of helping them grow, or influencing
- going out of your way to encourage or be kind to
- any other way we can serve others and the body
of Christ the opportunities are endless!
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