What is Ministry?

People tell me all the time that they want the Lord to use them in ministering to others but they don’t know how or don’t really understand what this thing called ministry is. Well, ministry is not Brain Surgery which (I imagine) would be quite complex. Ministry is about bringing people to meet the One who Gives Life.

Jesus enlists His disciples in the ministry of bringing the Blind Man to meet Him. Not because Jesus needs their help, He simply chooses to allow them to share in the joys of hope-giving. But Jesus also enlists their help because blind men need guides to find and meet Him.  The disciples eagerly called to Bartimaeus, “Take Courage, get up! This is Your Day! The Savior wants to meet you!” The words of the disciples bring great courage to Bartimaeus to help him to face his fears. That’s what ministry is. It’s giving hope to the hopeless. It’s bringing happiness to the sorrowful. It’s telling people that they no longer need to dread the Majesty of God as He has provided His Son as the satisfaction for His wrath and our sin. It’s attempting to connect people with the Life Giver. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

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