|Posted on August 3, 2019 at 12:45 AM|
…”Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave to you.” Colossians 4:7
God gave to me several ministries the first is my son, to be his mother. Like the land that was given to my ancestors God called me to “tend and watch over” Genesis 2:15…him. He is my first ministry. Then God gave me my husband. Yes, in that exact order. Like Mary, I was a mother before I was called a wife. My ministry was called to help my husband, to be his helper as he goes out to battle the world each day my job is to “tend and watch over” his castle. In the character of a Proverbs 31 wife, which I admit I thought was impossible at one time, I rise before dawn, I make sure the “cattle” are fed, the grain is gathered, the day’s work is done before I tend to my other ministry which is sharing His Word with others. Philippians 1:5-6 And as if that weren’t enough over the summer He called me to yet another ministry. This one was a little closer to home.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27
At first when presented with this ministry I thought “Oh no Father, I couldn’t possibly help another, I don’t have the time to devote to that, please give it to someone else.” But as the weeks went by like Jonah He patiently and persistently place this work on my heart. Finally with a deep breath, unknowing what I was signing up for, I sent out a single message and with it He sent me both an orphaned widow in distress for me to minister to.
It took a few months and some work of the Spirit in me but He made me to understand that everything I do is for His glory and honor. I am part of a priesthood Psalm 110:4 not because I meet requirements but because my life is an offering to many whether I choose to acknowledge it or not. I hold service in the car ride to work, I tithe my time when I listen to those seeking to be heard, I offer advice and counsel and share my wisdom from experience and the Word. Whether I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend it is all part of the ministry so that they might come to know and feel their way toward their Father the way I did. Acts 17:27
For in Him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said ‘We are His offspring.’ Acts 17:28
The only reason I am alive today is because I live for God I tried living for myself and that didn’t get me far. When I awake each day it is to get up and move toward something greater than myself. To reach toward a prize I have yet to achieve. To look forward to a promise that is yet to be fulfilled. The reason I exist is not to make my life easier but to make the lives of those around me easier. It is my privilege to be of help. These are the sheep assigned to me, the little flock God has called me to lead. I shepherd this field with the same love and humility Christ shepherds me. God has called me to find the broken and seek out the lost. To feed and rescue. To tend to His sheep. John 21:15-17 To give them a place to lie down in peace and live unafraid of being harmed Proverbs 31:12. To bandage the injured and strengthen the weak. Ezekiel 34:15-16 whether that is one person, few or many, it is all part of His ministry.
But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” John 5:17
And so will I, my Lord.