Thanks to all of you out there who minister to people every day. Each and every one of you is a minister, even if you don’t see yourself as one.
Here is part 2 of Ministry Is…
3. Helping, when you feel like you’re the one that needs the help.
Ever had a period of your life when everything seemed to go wrong and you cried out to God for help? During this time, all you wanted was to hear comforting words, for someone to give you a hug, and for God to take all this bad stuff away?
I remember five years ago when I felt this way. I was having some issues with my health. All of it stemmed from taking steroids when I had bronchitis. Those things made me super anxious and not able to sleep for over a month. Then I developed some gall bladder issues. Not a fun year for me.
During that time, all I wanted was to be pain-free, to be able to sleep well, and for someone to understand what I was going through. I was the one who needed the help.
But, I read somewhere about keeping a gratitude journal and every day writing out those things which you are thankful for. I also decided I would write letters of encouragement to others who were suffering or letters to people I hadn’t spoken to in a while. Doing both these things helped me tremendously. God helped me see I needed to be the one to help, even when I didn’t feel like it. God was using me to help others, even when I felt like I was the one who needed help. And I do remember one friend writing back telling me how my encouragement helped her because she had been having some health problems, too.
Be a minister to someone else. Send them an encouraging note. Fill it with Scripture that has been helpful to you. Help others, even when you feel like you are the one that needs the help.
4. Telling God to “use me”, when you’d rather ask to be rescued.
You heard God calling you. You are excited! You want to be as confident as Isaiah when he said in Isaiah 6:8: “Here am I Lord, send me.”
You want God to use you. You want to do great things for the Lord. But, you are scared. You want to turn the other way. You doubt God because you feel like you are the one who needs to be rescued. You are like David who says in Psalm 70:1: “Hasten, O God, to save me; come quickly Lord to help me.”
Why is God wanting to use me? I am definitely not qualified. I am in need of rescue. I need God to send someone to help me, not me telling Him to use me. I must be hearing wrong. God didn’t call me. He doesn’t need my help.
All these doubts go through your mind. However, after much prayer, you tell God to use you. Even though you feel like you need to be rescued, you are faithful and want to be used by God. In the end, God does rescue you. He does so much through you because you were willing to be faithful and serve Him. Don’t be afraid. Allow God to use you in mighty ways.
5. Encouraging, even when you don’t understand God’s reasoning.
I don’t get it, Lord.
Ever said that to God? I know I have many times. We can’t comprehend why things happen. We don’t understand why God would allow something like that to happen: loss of loved one, loss of job, loss of house, health decline, etc.
During those times of not understanding, God wants to use us to encourage others. It is hard to be uplifting during a time of loss in someone’s life, no matter what the loss is. And what’s even harder is encouraging someone when you have no idea of what they are going through. You haven’t suffered a loss like theirs. You don’t have a clue on how to encourage them.
But, you encourage the best way you know how: through the Word of the Lord. Share Scripture you feel is uplifting and encouraging. I love when a friend sends a Bible verse my way. It always happens to be the exact Scripture I need to hear that day. God knows what each person needs. He sends his ministers (each of you) to be uplifting and encouraging to all those around you.
Be a minister. Go do the work of the Lord today.
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