“What's Your Ministry?”Categories: In the Bulletin
In Ephesians 4.11-12, Paul speaks of every saint being committed to the work of ministry. A work of ministry is simply the use of your God-given talents and gifts to help other people. It’s nothing fancy … it’s just the simple act of helping others.
Sometimes we are reluctant to serve because we feel we have little talent. At other times we may spend a great deal of time searching, wondering about, asking ourself what is my talent? What ability has God given me? It’s commendable to self-evaluate and look for ways God has blessed you in areas of ministry. But, perhaps, the easiest way to discover your talents is to be busy in the “general ministry” of which God has called us. Every Christian has the responsibility to admonish, encourage, share Jesus, and help others.
As we’re busy living these things out in day-to-day life, there will be many opportunities to discover new areas of like, talent, and ability. In the New Testament we find people like Dorcas in Acts 9, who served others by making clothes. Barnabas, in Acts 4, discovered the gift of encouragement. Lydia, in Acts 16, used her gift of physical blessings/resources to offer hospitality to Paul and his companions. Prisca and Aquilla, in Romans 16, served others by hosting a church in their home. Epaphroditus, in Philippians 2, committed himself to risky and dangerous travel in order to deliver financial assistance to Paul. Epaphras, in Colossians 4, struggled on behalf of others in prayer. Gaius, in 3 John, made many efforts of encouragement for brethren who were strangers to him.
Some of these brothers and sisters of the first century may have never discovered their special ministry (the usage of natural talents and abilities given by God) had they not first been busy in carrying out the general expectations God has for every Christian. The same principle is found in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25). As we use what God has provided, only then will we discover other fruitful ways to serve in the kingdom. Indeed what our Lord said is true: Everyone to who much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more, Luke 12.48.
— Matthew Allen