The Call to Ministry
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these,
you did for me." - Matthew 25:40
Several weeks ago, I met with a friend, who has become very active in ministry with the homeless. As I heard her stories, I commented what a blessing she was to the poorest among the poor. She responded with these words, "I receive more from them than I offer them."
This is the call of ministry - to serve others in Jesus' name. Sometimes, God opens opportunities for us to serve in new areas that are outside of our comfort zones. Sometimes, God calls us to persevere in our current ministries in the midst of difficulties. Sometimes, God simply invites us to slow down - to look and listen to the needs of others all around.
As we continue our Lenten journey, let's be sensitive to the leadings of the
Holy Spirit. We cannot do everything, but all of us can do something.
If a sister/brother needs an encouraging word or a helping hand,
let's offer it. If a stranger/neighbor asks for assistance,
let's respond with kindness and compassion and gentleness.
If we have no clue what to do,
let's fall on our knees and pray for wisdom.
When we serve others in Jesus' name, we become agents of God's love. At the same time, we open ourselves to receiving more than we ever give. Pastor Caleb