When you think about ministry, do you think about the life you live? For the first part of my relationship with my husband, Hunter, that's what I thought about every day.
When Hunter and I got engaged, he was working as a worship director in local church ministry. We talked about how we would do ministry together alongside the church. We worried about how our social media would reflect on the church, the clothes we wore, the way we behaved in public. We were in ministry because it was his job to be in ministry. As we planned out our marriage, we planned ministry lives.
Then God called Hunter out of the local church and into something different. We left the position in a church and moved to a ministry on the road. He kept helping people come to Jesus and I - well I got to stay home with our dog. Ministry felt like it was ending for me as soon as we stopped being on staff at a church.
In these past few months though, God has opened my heart to how He truly wants His church to look. In that vision, it's filled with people like you and me living a life of ministry. It's showing people Jesus every day through the life you live.
Scripture says it best;
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ... Ephesians 4:11-13 ESV
God equipped each of us to build His church and share His gospel. He did make each of us to be pastors, He didn't call everyone to work on staff in a church. He called you and me to go and share the good news of Jesus Christ.
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Not all of us will have the privilege to get to work in ministry. Many pastors, preachers, worship leaders and Sunday school teachers are never paid for the work they do. Our ministry does not come from a job title or from a paycheck signed by a church - it comes from God giving us His work and His Son.
The biggest ministry you will ever have is the life you live.
You may not feel qualified to tell people about Jesus. You might not believe you're able to bring someone closer to God. But you are and you can.
Every day when you go to work you show people what life is like living alongside Jesus. Through your joy, in your persistence in trials, while you're caring or thoughtful. Each moment of your life becomes a testament and a testimony for God as soon as you walk out of the door each morning.
If you have children, the way you treat your kids shows them how their heavenly father loves them. The way you care for your spouse shows them how God cares for His creation. None of these things require a job title or a paycheck, a role on a staff or a church giving you the authority to do it.
God gave you the authority when He sent His Son to die on the cross for you - all you have to do is keep reflecting Him in the life you live.
Lean into Ephesians and lean into Jesus, then let the life you live become your biggest ministry. Don't wait for a microphone or a special moment. Don't expect someone to ask you to lead or give you a specific opportunity to share. Let your life be a gospel instead.
What are some moments in your life that you can make into better ministry moments? Who are people in your life you could show Jesus through a kind word or action? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, or over on the Facebook page.