Did you know that everything we do as believers is a ministry? I mean everything.
When we own a business, we have an opportunity to minister to our employees. When we work a 9-5, we have the opportunity to minister to our co-workers. When we post photos and videos on social media, those are opportunities to share our God with others. When we cook a meal or create anything it should be considered a moment of witness.
Any and everything we do can and should be used for God’s kingdom.
We are encouraged to look to Jesus as our example. He did His own inner work. Then, He began to speak to anyone who was willing to listen. You can read about this in The Gospel of Luke.
Jesus understood the purpose for His life, and He spent time studying, learning, and preparing for His time to start His ministry. After His baptism, He was led into the wilderness where He fasted forty days and forty nights. It was during this time that Jesus worked to bring His mind and body under control.
When Jesus had proved Himself in private, He was ready to start ministering to others about the kingdom of God. He traveled and shared His message with everyone who was willing to listen. Those who wanted to hear and learn more became His followers. Those who didn't obviously went on their way. But the things that matter are what we read about today and what people have been reading about for centuries.
If you’re anything like me, it feels uncomfortable to just strike up a conversation with someone about anything let alone God. The plight that we have is that a lot of people will quickly find a way to get far from us, whenever we start talking about Jesus. But the reality is that we don’t always have to talk. Yep. You read that right.
Sometimes, the way that we conduct ourselves is enough to minister to someone. Our patience can cause someone to notice that something is different about us. Our positive attitudes can also be a witness.
Then, as the Bible says in 1 Peter 3, when someone approaches us to ask about that something different, we can be ready and willing to answer them and point back to God, giving Him all the credit.
“and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…”
Are you thinking about how you can minister in your everyday life now? Are you recognizing missed opportunities? You can start where you are now. Start seeking opportunities to do more for God.
Making a difference doesn’t mean always having a major platform or a position of power. There are people around you right now who need what you have. There are people around you who need a word of encouragement. There are people around you who need kindness and empathy.
Go. Let your light shine.
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