When you think about ministry what comes to your mind? Do you think of pulpits and pastors; worship leaders and sunday school teachers? For many years these were the only ideas I had of ministry. I thought that in order to be considered “in ministry” I had to be a leader of a christian community or receive a paycheck from the church. It wasn’t until the last few years had it become apparent to me that ministry is more than just a title or a position held in the church.
Diakonia, which is the Greek word that is often translated as ministry in the New Testament, means service. While there are those who are called to “church ministry” i.e pastors, evangelists, prophets and teachers, the bible makes it very clear that each of us is given gifts for the purpose of serving thus enabling all of God’s people to do ministry.
It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service [diakonia], so that the body of Christ may be built up.
This diakonia or ministry is any biblically consistent work or service that benefits others and brings glory to God. We are all called to this service however, to each of us, God has given specific roles to play better referred to as purpose. And in order to achieve that purpose He has bestowed the use of various gifts and talents to each of us.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
Each of us has a role to play in this ministry called life. As a blogger I know that I have been given is the ability to write and I utilize this platform known as the blogosphere to edify the body of Christ through words that bring encouragement to others and glory to God. (See Blogging with a Ministry Mindset) Each of us has been given talents and gifts that we are to use to complete the good works and purpose God has appointed to our lives.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:10-11 ESV
When we begin to see our lives as not just a series of events tied together by time but as endless opportunities to be witnesses of Christ and servants of the body we then strive to do everything to the glory of God.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT
Whether we are school teachers, waitresses, lawyers, doctors, or artists our lives are a ministry of light pointing to the source of eternal love that is found in our Father and everlasting life that is accessed through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 ESV