Friday, February 5, 2010

Why are we involved in ministry?

In the book “The Enduring Heart”, the author discusses the contemplative attitude of Jesus. Jesus acted in all situations with compassion and love. In order to be a true Christian and follower of Jesus, we need to follow his example and treat each person with compassion and love. This is why we are in ministry and what we must keep focused on in the course of carrying out our various ministries.
Jesus may have had a mission statement, but he never wrote it down, he lived it. I don’t believe he made a schedule, psychologically analyzed his chosen Apostles, nor conceptualized the importance of a hierarchical structure in his new Church. He stressed how all of us were equal in God’s eyes. He told us that love is the most important commandment, both of God and of neighbor. He told us that everyone is our neighbor. He told us all to go out and spread the good news.
Spreading the good news of Jesus is why we are in ministry. Whether we are lecturing, visiting the sick, planning a fundraiser, planning a liturgy or facilitating a bible study, the main focus is and should be spreading the “Good News of Jesus”. I believe that the main point of the good news is “love”. If we act with love, all other problems will take care of themselves. I don’t know why we have to make it so complicated. Jesus did not come to present us with a philosophical dogma. He came to tell us how we can live simply. We must love. Ministry is about fostering love.
I feel that the most important aspects of my ministry must focus on love and teaching love in everything that I do.
If I had to develop a mission statement for Christians, it would be the following:
1. To love and serve the Lord.
2. To love my neighbor.
3. To act with compassion.
4. To be patient and forgiving.
5. To follow the example of Christ in all things.

Hopefully this is a mission statement that Jesus would approve.

Peace and love,


"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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