So today I got a random call from someone in my small group asking for prayer that really caught me off guard. And it was someone I didn’t know that well, so, in my heart I was praying - God, help me to love this person because I know I don’t really care about him like you do.
After talking to him, trying my best to speak Biblical truths and pull out Gospel illustrations from the Old Testament, I finished with a prayer - mustering as much unction as I could - and praying as much in faith as I could with as little love that I had and little faith that I had hoping that God would still hear my prayers and do something ~ the thought that kept resurfacing in my mind was this: “Wow, look at you Andrew - God used you to minister to someone tonight - see how God is going to build your ministry”.
As I kept thinking about that thought as I walked back to my apartment, I couldn’t shake off how wrong that thought seemed. And then it occurred to me - how messed up is it that we talk about “ministry” or “ministering” to someone or even going into “full-time ministry”. Has anyone in ministry EVER thought about how messed up that is?
Think about it.
What is “ministry”?
Ministry is simply this - loving others (by pointing them to Jesus).
If that’s the case, why do we talk about “ministry” in Christian circles as if it were a work, or a vocation, or a job that we do in addition to the rest of the things in our lives?
How could we as the church be so pretentious as to professionalize loving people that we talk about going into “full time ministry”. I mean like hello take a step back and think about what we’re doing.
Think about the phrase:
"building a ministry"
How can we “build a ministry”? A pastors job isn’t to “build a ministry” - it’s to love people. And even then, it’s not just his job - it’s everyone’s job. It’s not even a job. It’s what we’re made to do as humans.
For goodness sakes, I just can’t shake the fact that somewhere along the way, we as the church are getting this wrong - from the very moment we view other people as people to be “ministered” to by “ministers” who are employed by a “ministry”.
I don’t know how to communicate this better any other way than to rant and ramble here, and I hope someone gets what I’m talking about and realizes that this is all wrong and we gotta repent and change our ways as Christians.