Ministry is Who We Are

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We're on Chapter 9 of Pursuit of Proverbs 31.

Right under the chapter title, Amy writes "We don't go into ministry; it's who we are."

Doesn't that explain a lot for you right now? Trying to press down the desire to do God's work is like trying to cut off a part of yourself (or your whole self). That's how God designed us. We were created with the desire to serve others, and further created uniquely to meet the different needs in the body of Christ and beyond.

Enter disclaimer here --> A ministry should never take the place or override your calling of being a wife and/or mother. Rather, it should work in conjunction with your responsibilities. Being a mother in and of itself is mission work.

Some may not have the desire to do more than minister inside the home. Others have a desire so deep, it will burn through them if they don't release it.

I'm the latter. My desire to write went deep, and when I became a mother I buried it with the belief that I can't mother and have an "outside" hobby. When I learned of blogging and read people like Ann Voskamp, and Emily Freeman, they encouraged me to write. It's a part of who I am; of who God made me to be. Suppressing it made it really hard for me to express my thoughts and in turn understand myself.

Writing is how I'm wired.

You may have a different gift. Maybe it's hospitality, or music. God wants you to use that for His glory. I fully believe that. I cannot imagine Him gifting us and not using those gifts.

There's also another side of serving.

In her book, Amy mentions meeting people right where they are and ministering to them. Who is right in front of you who may need encouragement or a meal? Who lives across the country that could use an encouraging note, you know, snail mail style? Does someone need a ride somewhere?

These may seem small or even inconvenient, but they are still the epitome of service to God. They take us out of our way and require sacrifice. If God has given you the ability to do what someone is asking, I really believe we should take that opportunity. He will NOT leave you wanting when you give. He will always provide for you. Another disclaimer --> Neglecting your family is not OK. We must discern when our family needs us first and not be leaving them in need while we help others. Use discernment and wisdom in all decisions--and pray.

For example, say a friend needs you to drive them across town and back but you can't use the gas because you need it for the rest of the week. {Insert light bulb here}--Opportunity! This is an opportunity to bless someone in need AND to trust God with your needs.{Amy uses a similar example in her book.}

Ministry is (or should be) a large part of who we are. In addition, it is important for our children to watch us minister to others (and not just on our computers). ;)

They learn by our example. Involve them as much as you can. Take (or make) opportunities for them to minister to others. Even young children can be a blessing to others--starting with their own siblings or other family members.

Really? The needs are endless. Don't let that discourage you, but let it awaken you to the fact that your helps is needed and does matter.

Where are you passionate about ministering?