It is a holy and sacred privilege when we are able to minister to someone. This can occur in the pastor’s office or in the front pew of the church. It can happen at the break table at work or on the bleachers at the soccer game. While it is true that the pastor receives a call from God to minister to the people, all Christians are commissioned by Christ to share the good news found in faith in Jesus Christ.
On the cover of our bulletin it lists Greg and I as ‘pastors’ and lists the congregation as ‘ministers’. In some cases the situation at hand calls for one specifically trained for just such a time. Yet in some cases it is one’s life experiences that qualify one to offer ministry to another in their time of need. The pastor can offer care and empathy to one who has lost a spouse, for example. But a fellow Christian who has walked through that can offer this and more.
In those times we feel led to come alongside one another and to offer love, support, encouragement, … we must also remember that we do not walk alone. Jesus is also with us. The incarnate Christ walked this earth and experienced life. In those sacred moments when we are called to minister to one another, Christ walks beside us too. His love, care, presence, and power flow through us and into the life of the one in need. In faith may we respond to His call, offering the love and light of Jesus to one in need.
Scripture reference: Hebrews 5: 1-10