Now the crowd that was with Him (Jesus) when He called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that He had performed this sign, went out to meet Him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!” John 12:17-19
This is a picture of ministry. The people who witnessed what Christ did, shared their experience with others and those who heard all of these great things about Him sought Jesus out for themselves.
The simplicity of ministry is this, when we testify about Jesus, we are spreading The Word. When we testify about what He has done in our lives , how He saved us, how He healed us, how He tore down obstacles and removed mountains out of our way, we are spreading His Word.
When we teach about Jesus and His unmerited, unconditional love for us, how He loved us so much that He willingly laid down His life for us. He loved us and chose us even before we chose Him. When we talk about Jesus who would leave the 99 that are secure in Him to go after the one who is lost because that’s how precious mankind is to Him, we are spreading His Love.
When we testify about Jesus who doesn’t condemn you when you stumble but supplies you and empowers you with His righteousness and grace so you can “go and sin no more”. When we use the word of God as the gift that gives life and hope and not a weapon that condemns and destroy we display the love of Christ. When we reveal Jesus, His love, His truth, His light, we draw others to Him.
When the world is watching you and wondering why are you filled with so much peace and joy when the world is in chaos? When the world witnesses your harvest during a time of famine like when doors are opened to you that should have been sealed shut. When promotions and favour come your way when you weren’t even seeking it. Or even when everything around you appears to be falling apart yet, there is a glow about you and a smile on your face. When your brother or sister offends you instead of responding in anger you respond in grace. When we worship not just on Sunday but everyday including the days when your heart has been ripped out of your chest, when your faith is weak, when you’re tired and “sick and tired” of being tired, or when the amount in your account doesn’t seem to be enough. When the world witnesses Christ in you and working for you, you draw the world to Him. That is ministry.
Be Ministers of Jesus Christ… just point to Him. 🙂