Ministry is Helping the Father Work

My son has been helping me split, carry and stack fire wood. I don’t care how much he can’t do.  I do the bulk of the work, I just like to work with him and talk with him and show him what I am doing. He enjoys this work.

My daughter helps me to make candle holders, she has good ideas, she helps me as much as she can, I don’t care what she can’t do I just like to work with her and show her what I am doing. She enjoys this work.

Serving God is simply helping him do what he is already doing in and through us, we do it together, this is what Jesus did. This was the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Truly truly, I say to you the son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something he sees the father doing; for whatever the father does; these things the son also does in like manner.  For the Father loves the son, and shows him all things that he himself is doing…- Jesus Christ

Pouring ourselves into ministry visions designed by even from the greatest of men ought not replace the work that God is doing with and through us. We don’t copy the strategies of what looks great or what was successful up the road and call that serving God.  Feelings of guilt or comparing ourselves or of not doing enough should never motivate our ministry.  

That would have been like Jesus nervously or possibly jealously copying the ministry of Moses and leading the Hebrew people militarily away from Rome.  No way, Jesus showed us a better way to serve God.

We see clearly (without the distractions of guilt) what God is doing and do that with him, this is his easy burden and his light yoke. This is the nature of all Christian ministry and we have no good reason to add to it.

take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Jesus