getting our hands dirty

How well do we minister to the needs of others?  Be honest.  And when I say, “We” I mean “Us.”  As believers in Christ, and as His church, do you and I minister as well, and as effectively, as we could?  Or as we should?

I’ll give you a minute to think about it.  Take your time….

Because really, when you get right down to it, whatever our initial gut-level response to such questions reveals where we are at with such things.  Ministry is messy.  There’s no way around it.  It just is.  But are we so changed by the message of Jesus (as individuals and as a church) that we are willing to get messy?  Because good intentions and 50 cents will get you a coke (at least it used to).

In order for us to be involved in one another’s lives to the extent that God desires and to the extent that Christian community is designed, care and concern are elementary.  Compassion is required.  And a big-picture of the Kingdom is paramount.  Does that describe your heart?  My heart?  For others?

In order for us to be involved in one another’s lives there is such a foundational need for vulnerability.  And if we would be honest with ourselves for a moment, most of us don’t do vulnerable well.  Do we?

I can’t help but believe that this is a crucial element we are missing in effective ministry to others (both those who are churched and those who are unchurched).  Maybe it’s the crucial element we’re missing.  I can’t help but think that the world would be more Godly and less worldy if we saw the world through the eyes of God, and if we were so prompted by His love and moved by His compassion to act, rather than do nothing.

If I say that a person is: “Not afraid to get their hands dirty,” what am I saying about them?  I’m saying that they’re not afraid to get involved.  Right?  That they’re not afraid to step in.  That they’re willing to at least try.

And what I can’t help but think is that we need more in the Kingdom who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty for the cause of Jesus.

Glory to God!


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