I was getting ready to sign off last night when I saw something and decided I needed to talk to a friend. I IMed this friend to ask if everything was okay. While doing so, another friend I had told good night to IMed me to tell me to go on to bed, so I explained that someone else needed my help. I was told that I’d always be ready to defend the faith eh?
<> This one wasn’t defending really. This was affirming the truth we already know. I think we all need that. I need it. You need it. We all need to be reminded of the truth of the gospel. Martin Luther once said that he was just another beggar telling other beggars where he found bread.
I told this friend that this is my work. I got a surprised response to that since I don’t professionally work in that area. My answer is that ministry that I do is not just a thing you do from time to time. It’s not just something I do at church or on the internet. Ministry is a life.
I am always ready to minister at any time. If someone needs a listening ear, I am there. If someone needs an answer, I am there. If someone is attacking the faith and needs to be stopped, I am there. This is the way it is. This is also the only way I would have it to be. I am simply doing what I can to change the world one soul at a time.
I sometimes think many of us have secret identities we carry around with us. I try to see my life as an adventure. Then I’ll see some evil taking place or someone in need of some comfort or some objection being raised against the faith and realize that it’s time to step up and fight.
Do I hope to enter a professional minstry position someday? Of course I do. However, until that day comes, I am still a fighter for this cause. I am still one who is always ready to give help. I was even thinking last night of all the situations in which I would give help if I had to. How far would I go?
I thought an example might one day be that I could be on my honeymoon with a beautiful lady. Now rest assured, we all know how couples want to spend it. We’d be in some city walking around and then wanting to head back to our room when something would happen and I’d realize someone was in need. As much as I know what I’d want then, I really hope I’d stop and say, “We can’t do nothing. This person needs our help.”
In Israel, from what I understand, the nation’s army can be ready for war in two hours. I believe we are in a far more important war and should be ready at any time. There are several casualties taking place. Listen to that person talking to you. They may be in a harder spot than you realize.
And friends, do remember that while I am glad to minister, there will be many times I need to be ministered to. There can be many nights when I think I have given of myself and need a recharge. I would say this is true of anyone in ministry. Be thankful for these people and be there. You don’t know how much it means to be ministered to by someone when you are in ministry.
Ministry is, however, my life’s work. I may not be paid, but no matter where I am, I am to minister, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.