Ministry? Me?

Oct. 25, 2021

Scripture Readings

2 Timothy 4 calls us to “discharge all the duties of our ministry.” In order to do this we must meditate on scripture and define our ministry. What comes to mind when you consider “ministry”? Is it just work done in the church, work done without compensation, or efforts directed at the sick and vulnerable? Some ministries are easier to identify than others. I feel very lucky to work with young children. I get to help them with academic learning while also teaching them they are created by a God that loves them and has amazing plans for their lives. I get glimpses into families’ lives and am honored and privileged to help families when life is hard. 

How is your job a ministry? It may not be immediately evident, but I believe ministry is anything we do that reflects God’s love and draws people to Him, regardless of job title, task, or situation. 

What if the way you interact with clients and co-workers is a ministry? How can those daily interactions be more representative of our scriptural learning and reflect the love and grace of God?

If we consider our jobs as ministries, how might we approach our days differently? Would your attitude about your responsibilities, job, boss, or co-workers be the same? Would you participate in the office gossip? What would you change? 

We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus, the light in a dark world, so let’s “do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry” wherever God has placed us.

Terri Calder