Your ministry didn’t start when you got ordained by any man or religious establishment. It started the moment your heart and spirit were regenerated by the Holy Spirit. The work of grace. It continues when you first advocated on behalf of others for what is right and boldly condemn what is wrong. It could have started to manifest to others as you were standing up for your siblings, your parents, your friends, or a classmate being bullied at school, or a homeless person in the corner of nowhere.
As David in the Spirit of the Lord, once said to King Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:34-37).
Having men acknowledge your fervor to serve advocacy for the neglected, the oppressed, the abused, the blind, the deaf, the poor, the deprived, the sick, the dead, is not a mean of seeking approval from mankind to do what is right, but to serve them testimony of the work of grace in you and through you depicting the love of God in Christ Jesus. And if they fail to acknowledge the goodness of the Lord in you by grace, let it be their loss, their rejection of light for darkness, and not your occasion for sorrow and grief for the Lord, the Mighty of God is your joy and peace in all circumstances.
As Christ once said and read:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
In our relationship with one another, may we be found guilty of loving one another. May we be found at the cross for bringing life and joy and peace to one another. May we be found beheaded for being light and hope for one another by the mighty grace of Christ Jesus. May we be found poor, deprived, hated, despised, blind of others’ abuse of our love, deaf of others’ insult of our human identity, lacking of proper human recognition, if it means an exchange for one more opportunity to share the good news with a lost soul in word and deeds, in Spirit and in Truth.
What God has ministered to you is for your competence to minister to others. God has ministered His Spirit to you to the glory of His Son, Christ Jesus. As Paul once affirmed,
“Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6)
“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
Liberty to rejoice, liberty to suffer for good, liberty to know and serve peace, liberty to know and serve Christ Jesus to all mankind by the grace, the power, the indwelling of Christ Jesus through the Spirit of God in us by faith and love of God.
God ministers Jesus to us, and Jesus ministers the Spirit of God all over us and the Spirit of God ministers Jesus to us daily to the glory of the Father.
Praised be His name, Jesus Christ, to all of creation, to the glory of God, His God, His Father, Amen.