What does it mean to be a minister?  One of the definitions of the word minister is to attend to the needs of another.  We generally call our pastors ministers because they are looking out for our spiritual needs by bringing us the Word and visiting us when we are sick or in need.  A minister is the person that we look to as “the” leader in our church and is generally the guy responsible for just about everything that happens (or doesn’t happen).

Now what if I told you that you were a minister, that it was your responsibility to take care of the needy and tell the lost person about Jesus.  What if I told you that you had to give up some of your free time and go cut an old ladies grass or visit a sick person in the hospital?  I am sure that most of us would not mind doing this a few times now and then.  What if I told you it was your responsibility and burden to do this kind of thing all the time?

Perhaps your response would be that “hey I am not a minister” or “isn’t that why we have a pastor to do those things.”  Maybe your response would be that those kind of things are someone else’s responsibility, after all we all have jobs and families to take care of.  Maybe your response would be to rush to be the first person to volunteer to give out food or help an elderly person get to a doctor appointment.

In 1 Corinthians 9: 19-23 the Apostle Paul tells us that in order to make the biggest impact on the world around us we have to become what people need us to be, so that we can show them who Christ wants them to be.  It is not an easy task.  It requires that we do away with our selfish preferences.  It means we might have to view life outside of the scope of our own comfort.  We have to understand that as a believer that it is a long term, life time commitment.  It is or should be our lifestyle.

It would be easy to be overwhelmed by the scope of this burden until we remember that Jesus gave us a few gifts to help us get this stuff done.  Primarily he gave us His Church.  The church is the vehicle that helps us get His work done on this earth.  You see the church is made up of all of us believers and each one of us have something to offer each other that makes it a little easier to minister to the world.  When we all come together we can accomplish anything.

I want to encourage you to get involved.  I want to encourage you to make the time to commit to a ministry and be involved with all of your might.  If you don’t know what you are good at then pick something and see how you like it.  Eventually if you keep trying you will find your sweet spot and discover the joy of having a ministry for Christ.  Remember, Christ has gifted you with something, and He wants you to share it with the Church and the world.

Being a minister is sharing your Christ given gift with the people around you.

 

Ben Hibberts