I believe there is more to pastoring than preaching a good sermon. The scripture says that Jesus went about doing good…for God was with him. John Wesley in his “Three Rules To Live By” says that Christians should, do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. Ministry is all about people!
Jesus met and touched people where they lived. He modeled Wesley’s “Three Rules” long before Wesley penned them in England in the 1700s. Likewise we should be about doing good without doing any harm! We live in changing times and a diverse world yet the good news of Christ remains the same. Jesus never saw an adulterer, or a thief, or a gay, or straight, or a murderer, or liar, or a reject by society. He saw only children of God worthy of God’s love and grace. He had compassion upon them because they had no clue as to their spiritual condition and need. He did no harm!
Jesus met the spiritual, emotional, and temporal needs of those he came in contact with and as Christians we should do the same. The task at hand may seem insurmountable but Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. So doing good always begins with one–one cup of water, one piece of bread, one word or act of kindness, one gift and so on. Jesus did Good!
As a strong supporter of “Foreign Missions” I stress that “Foreign Missions” begins right outside your door! To think of mission work as something beyond the sea or outside America is incorrect. The scriptures teach us that Christians are strangers and pilgrims passing through a foreign land. If we give what we can as God leads–such as five loaves and two fish–it will be enough! As God Jesus is able to multiply the gift many times over because he loves us.
Although university trained I take pride in continuing education in The School Of Hard Knocks! I hope to graduate someday. Education is great but there is nothing like experience to temper what the book said. So I invite you to roll up your sleeves and get in the trenches with me. There is a place in (y)our church for you to plug-in.