I had a brain wave the other day.
Working in a ministry setting, you hear a lot of jargon about “doing Kingdom work.” Whether you work in a church or for a ministry organization, the emphasis so often is on “doing God’s will,” or “fulfilling your calling,” or my personal favorite, “reaching the world for Christ.”
Let me clarify by saying that all of these motivations and missions are great. Truly. I think that they are all admirable. I have quoted all these mantras myself at one time or another. But do you see all the action words in those statements (“doing,” “fulfilling,” and “reaching,”) were dependent on the person carrying them out? It seems as though the focal point of our personal missions and messages are… off.
My point is this: How often does our doing of ministry get in the way of us being a ministry?
I’ll use myself as an example. I work for Compassion International. We are literally acting on the mandates and commands of Christ to look after the widow and the orphan, the hungry, the poor, and the afflicted. We are doing the work of God. And when people ask what I do and I have the privilege of telling them about our ministry, they all respond with “Wow, that must be so fulfilling/rewarding/satisfying.”
And yes, it is. Without a doubt. But my work does not satisfy me completely. What I do does not fulfill me and bring me total peace.
What does bring me joy, peace, and hope though, is remembering that I am the work of Christ.
Beth Moore spoke at Catalyst earlier this month (more posts to come on that soon) and something she said shook me to the core.
“I’m miracle material.”
And I am. Everyone is. If anyone was without Christ and has now been saved by the free gift of His grace, through faith, than we all are miracle material. For we all have been rescued from death and freely given a new and righteous life. Is that not miraculous?
We are the object of His affection and His heart’s desire? Is that not miraculous considering where we have come from, the things we have done and the people we used to be?
Perhaps this is elementary to many, but I can not get over it.
I am a miracle.
You are a miracle.
We do not have to do His work, we only have to be His work.