It is a wonderful thing to watch the Body of Christ at work serving and loving in numerous and unique ways. No act of love, no service, is worthless. I’ve seen Jesus in people serving meals, in those who sign for those who are deaf. I’ve seen Him in people feeding those who cannot feed themselves and welcoming people different than themselves. I’ve seen Jesus in those who clothe the naked, and those who change diapers in the nursery. I’ve seen Jesus in people leading crafts and teaching music.
Each of us , who are in Christ, has a gift with which to love others. When we love others with the power of the Spirit, Jesus is evident. I believe that our Lord is delighted when He sees His children loving each other and others with His love. Dear follower of Christ, love with the gifts God has given you. Minister to others through the talents you possess. Shine the light of Jesus wherever you are. May others see Him in you and may we see His presence in each other!
When we think of “ministry”, how often do we automatically think of the ministries commonly found in our churches (Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Adult Ministry, etc)? Perhaps we think this way more often than we care to admit. Even if we acknowledge other types of “ministry”, do we consider them all of equal importance? Do we view “ministry” as something that only happens within the church or the walls of the church building? Do we view “ministry” as something that has to be initiated through the institution of the church or as a church outreach?
If this is the case, our view of ministry is too narrow. After all, what is “ministry” anyway? What makes a “ministry” truly ministry? Minstering to others is part of what it means to be a follower of Christ. We minister to others as we serve them in love, as we love them with the love of Christ. Service as modeled by our Lord is to put the needs of others first and seek their best. All ministry is important, no matter who is the recipient or what the ministry is.
Ministry to children in a church is important, just as it is important to minister by encouraging friends, family, and anyone you meet over the course of the day. May we all strive to minister to and bless those whose paths we cross. Never underestimate the power of an encouraging and kind word.
All ministry boils down to the two greatest commandments—loving God and loving others. Let us love well as we minister to others. Let us love with the love of God, seeking to bring Him glory through our service.