I love that every time I am in the Word I learn more, grow more, and see things differently each and every time. I am sure some of that wisdom comes from age, some of it from time, and all of it from Him, but it is still pretty awesome when you are hit with a new revelation.
It’s funny because after being in full time (and then some) ministry for five years I always thought that ministry could and should only happen within the walls of the church. Now…wait just a minute, hang with me through this and let me show you some stuff I have learned. I am 100% not knocking the local church, I totally believe what Bill Hybels says when he says, “The local church is the HOPE of the world.” Absolutely, but what I got so hung up on is this, that ministry can and only does happen in the church, and that is where I went totally wrong.
Check out the Great Commission –Matthew 28:19-20 – 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Does it say to go out and bring them to church and let the church do all the work? No, it doesn’t. It says for YOU to “Go and Make Disciples”. Ministry is an intensely personal relationship and just because you tell someone to go to church does that mean they will actually go with you? No it doesn’t, so what are you to do.
Yesterday was a ten (10) hour party day for me. Now, before you go and get all excited let me tell you that it was a day of “stretching” and “growing” as I sought to be used where He wanted me, and let me just tell you that it was certainly beyond the walls. We went to a gorgeous wedding in Boca Raton and spent hours at the most elegant reception table with all the pastors. It was a great honor, and I am thankful for that, but later after we came home we went to another party. At this party there wasn’t a table of honor, there were tons of teenagers celebrating a young ladies sweet sixteen. This party was not at all like the party we went to earlier in the day. There was the perfect party scene going on there; lots of loud music, lots of silly girls and too-cool boys, and this is where I had the biggest impact and felt that I was exactly where God wanted me to be.
The Great commission doesn’t say anything about ministry happening only in church, so get out there, and meet people, they are obviously in your life for a reason. Together, you and I, with God’s love, discernment, and direction can really reach out BEYOND THE WALLS.
Seeking His Direction,