Listen up, wives and moms. You are not “just” wives and moms.
Sisters, daughters, and friends? You are not “only” those titles. You are ministers of the Gospel. Really, you are! IF you are a saved-by-grace follower of Jesus Christ, you are…listen carefully…working in ministry.
I can hear you.
You’re thinking, like I have many times…
I don’t have an official position in my church. I didn’t go to seminary or even a ministry training program. ALL I DO is care for my family and friends.
I’m telling you today–that’s ministry. If you are serving others with the purpose of showing them the love of Jesus, and demonstrating that to them within your relationships, you are working in ministry.
Some Christians are absolutely called to be involved in the on-stage, behind-pulpit, on-radio ministry. We need those people. However. Just because the rest of us are NOT intended to serve in those areas doesn’t take us off the hook for making disciples.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'” – Matthew 28: 18-20
The Great Commission wasn’t given only to those who make careers out of their callings. Thank God for His wisdom in that! If the only people preaching the Gospel were those called “pastors” by occupation, how many lost people would be entirely unreached?
Did you know that God placed you EXACTLY where you need to be, on a daily basis, to pour His grace into the lives of those around you?
If this is still sounding too nebulous and theoretical–as we sometimes allow spiritual matters to remain–let’s put it into some practical, real-life examples.
- You listen to a friend share her difficult situation. You sympathize, offer advice if appropriate, tell her you’ll pray for her and DO IT. That’s ministry.
- You get through the pre-bedtime craziness with your small children. Even though you’re exhausted, you take the time to read them a story, sing them a song, pray with them. That’s ministry.
- You take the time to talk to your coworker who doesn’t share your beliefs. With a loving attitude, you explain WHY you follow the God of the Bible. That’s ministry.
- You talk WITH your husband, rather than AT him. You offer support instead of finding something to criticize. That’s ministry.
- You’re watchful for people in need–physical, emotional, spiritual need. You take action, even in small ways, to meet those needs. That’s ministry.
- You answer (or try to answer) the never-ending stream of questions from your children’s curious minds, helping to form the way they’ll view the world. That’s ministry.
- You patiently spend time with your elderly relatives. You listen to their stories, have compassion for their aches and pains, give them TIME. That’s ministry.
- You provide welcoming hospitality–to friends, family, neighbors. You open your home and serve. That’s ministry.
- You survive the up-all-night season with a baby, along with caring for the rest of your family–sacrificially giving of yourself. That’s ministry.
- You don’t give up on those in your life who are apart from Christ. You continue to pray for them, to love them, to openly talk with them about your faith. That’s ministry.
You are not only “in ministry” if you have an official title, or you’ve written a book, or you’re cited as a theological reference.
If you are a Christian, you are CALLED TO BE IN MINISTRY, by default. It looks different for every single person, and that is NOT by accident. God designed each of us to fill a position in this world, to serve and share the Gospel with specific people. You have a purpose that goes far beyond just doing your job.
It doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to look like a “program” we put on. Our job is to respond to the saving grace of Jesus by obeying the Holy Spirit’s nudges to love, serve, and disciple the people around us.
“For by grace you have been saved, through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10
So, take a look around you. Recognize that this is your mission field, and that you’re not here by accident.
I want to hear from you!
How are you ministering in your daily life?
Is it is the “small” things, or are you on a larger platform?
How have you seen God orchestrating the good works in which you were created to participate?