When God called us to pastor and minister in this small town USA town, He didn't just call us to minister to those within the church walls.
In fact, when I think about the hospital visits that we make, most of them do not attend a Sunday morning service at our church. The grieving families that my husband speaks to at a memorial service, it's likely they never gave in the offering at our church. The towns people we talk to face to face at the dollar store or Young's grocery probably haven't thought about going to church or thought about God in some time.
You see, God called us to minister right where He planted us, He didn't put boundaries up within the church walls. In fact, most ministry will (and should) take place outside the walls of the church. One thing I know about God, He will call us to places and things that are far beyond anything we could ever imagine.
He wants to use each of us, right where we are. He has created all of us for a purpose. No one was created to just eat, breath and take up space. We were not created to take FROM life but to GIVE to life. Each of us can make a difference in a life. Each of us were created to minister and to be a minister.
You don't have to have the title "Pastor" or have clergy credentials to speak a soft word, or come along the hurting with an embrace or buy someone who is hungry a sandwich. These good deeds surface from the depth of your heart and as you serve others, you serve the Lord.
"It is God Himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago He planned that we should spend these lives in helping others." (Ephesians 2:10)
In the Bible, the words "servant" and "minister" are synonyms. If you are a Christian, you are a minister, and when you’re serving, you’re ministering.
God has a ministry for you in His Church and a mission for you in His world. Go out and minister in your mission field!
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