May 2, 2019

I was writing a scathing post about the difference between what I have termed real ministry, and those who don’t have a clue about love, mercy, or grace (Some within the church).  But then I realized that I was about to fall for the same distractions that plague the church; arguing, dissension and generally taking eyes off of Jesus – all in Jesus’ name.   And I thought about the need for real ministry – real ministry defined as not just pointing people to Jesus but walking with them along the way through their doubt, heartaches or disenchantment.  And I think:

Real ministry is more important than all the pious talk.
Real ministry is doing the difficult task of dealing with the lives of people.
Real ministry is putting physical hands on the sick, the hurt, the broken without judgment or regard to their race, social or economic status or sexual orientation.
Real ministry is caring about souls to the point of hurting with them.
Each of us who claim Jesus are tasked to do these things.

And all the while distractions abound. 

There are countless things that attempt to come between us and Jesus, everything from people who claim they know the answers, to the evil that stalks us when we claim Jesus and do our best to follow him.  But in spite of all those things we are called to keep our eyes focused on what is right and good.  As the Apostle Paul says:

“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8

So refrain from falling to the temptation of allowing anger to control us.  Focus on love, mercy, and grace and do our best to offer those things to all we are able as well as encourage others to do the same.  Stand on these principles knowing that some will find fault…but none can deny our love or break our relationship with Jesus without our assent.

Peace

Jim

 

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