Larry’s a great guy. He has a pony tail, bad knees, and a Honda Gold Wing (that’s not what makes him a great guy – just some interesting stuff). He works hard and would do just about anything to help someone else. He’s got a good sense of humor and enjoys life. He’s also an elder in our church. He recently had just been through a week where he’d had a number of opportunities to show the love of Christ by helping somebody else – and as usual, he took those opportunities.
One guy he was helping stopped and asked him, “Are you a minister?” Larry said at that moment, the light went on deep inside and the reality of ministry in the body of Christ sunk in more deeply than it ever had before. “Yes, I am. I’m not ordained as clergy, but yes, I am a minister of Christ.” In the light of service, he’d come to a deeper understanding of ministry.
Now I know for many of you who read this blog, the reality that every follower of Christ has a ministry is evident in your communities. Every believer is truly seen as a part of the priesthood of the Body of Christ. It’s part of your ethos. (I love the way Mosaic people talk about ‘coming on staff’ as opposed to getting your name on the membership list.)
But that is not the case in many churches. And it’s not always the case where I live. But I see that block of our spiritual genetics changing. I see more and more individuals coming to the realization that they are ministers of Christ. I see increasing numbers of students realizing the service they do in the name of Christ is ministry.
The heart of Christ beats within His people, and ministry is the cadence of its rhythm.
So, are you a minister?