Having just walked out of a 90-minute meeting of writing copy for a website, I needed a quick break. I took a detour back to my office and decided to see what our intern Emerson Kennedy (@emersonkennedy4) was up to. He was busy putting the finishing touches on a sermon that he will be preaching this coming Sunday. It seemed like he was ready for a break as well, because we launched into a conversation about everything from leadership to goal setting to affinity for ancient languages to practical ministry.
"What do you love doing most in ministry?" Emerson asked.
The question caught me off guard partly because I hadn’t thought about it lately, partly because sometimes I forget that it’s actually okay to enjoy ministry, and partly because it’s a great question to consider. It’s one of those questions to come back to in times of struggle and spiritually dry seasons.
The part of ministry that I love most comes directly from the Scripture that I love most:
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Here’s why I love this verse…
It reminds me of the high value God places on people.
The crown jewel of creation is mankind. God saw that creation was “very good” after human life was created.
Now, Ephesians 2:10 comes directly after Paul talks about salvation that comes from the gift of grace that is given to us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Further evidence of God’s high view of you is His decision to rescue us by sending His Son.
For more on this topic, take a look at Psalm 139 and meditate on those verses. Maybe the most productive thing that we can do this week is to remind someone that they are loved and highly valued by the Creator of the Universe.
It reminds me of the purpose that God has for us.
We have a great purpose while we’re here. We are created in Christ Jesus…we are a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. This isn’t so that we can look at others and notice that we’re “in” and others are “out”. We are created in Christ Jesus to do good works.
These works are things that we are now able to do now that we are alive in Christ. These are things that are done with the purpose of making a Kingdom impact here on earth. This is something that Christ In Youth (CIY) is obsessed with…just checkout the #KingdomWorker hashtag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
God has prepared good works for you to do, but the door of faithfulness is yours to walk through. The beautiful thing about the work that God has prepared for us to do in Christ Jesus is that we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. God’s presence living inside of us empowers our feeble natural gifts, abilities and strengths to accomplish more than we can ask for or imagine.
A couple weeks ago I asked someone about the stress and the amount of work that it took to serve in a particular volunteer role in the church. Their response is seared in my heart and mind, “We love it…honestly, it’s right in our sweet spot.”
“Your sweet spot is the place where your strengths and passions intersect.” Ken Coleman
So, what do I love doing most in ministry?
Opening doors for others to find their sweet spot while serving God. Helping others experience the joy of using their gifts to God’s glory as Kingdom Workers.
I hope to work as a minister for many years to come at creating straight paths of opportunity to engage as many people as possible in Kingdom Work.
What do you love doing most in the work that you do?