Mark – The Facts.
When we are helping others for the fuzzy good feeling we get inside we are in MEnistry. When we crave being recognized for our good deeds to others, we are in MEnistry. When we feel under appreciated and overwhelmed at the work load we have said yes to doing, we might be in MEnistry. When we are trying to do it all by ourselves, without God’s help or guidance we are in MEnistry….not ministry.
What is ministry? Jesus explains it to his disciples who are getting ready to be sent out to help others find and follow Jesus, turn back to God because of Jesus, with power and authority from Jesus. It’s all about Jesus. It is nothing about ourselves, other than the mind to follow Him ourselves and help others find and follow Him, too. This is pure, organic, simple ministry. It is not a program but a way of living life to the full.
Mark 6, The Message
7-8 Jesus called the Twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition. He sent them off with these instructions:
8-9 “Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment. No special appeals for funds. Keep it simple.
10 “And no luxury inns. Get a modest place and be content there until you leave.
11 “If you’re not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.”
12-13 Then they were on the road. They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different; right and left they sent the demons packing; they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits.
What do we learn? What instruction words are good for us to chew on today?
–You don’t need extra stuff. You ARE the stuff.
–No fund raisers. Keep it simple.
–Be content with what you have and where you lay your head.
–If the Message is not received, move on quietly to those who are ready and anxious to listen and hear.
–Assume nothing about anyone. Tell everyone.
–Preach with joyful urgency!
–Jesus gave us His Holy Spirit to help us who is our authority and power living in us. People are drawn to Who is living in us.
WHO is living in us?
Is there too much of ME for the Holy Spirit to move in and reside and move in me?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to see You, know Your Presence, be guided by Your Holy Spirit in every moment of life. Be in every conversation we have today. Take up residence in me. I give you all the room you want…all of me. Change and transform me to be more and more like You and less like me. Thank you for this model of ministry and living life to the full each day.
In Jesus Name, Amen