Bitter sweet love - Monday Ministry

Monday Ministry is about sharing and encouraging one another as we take Sunday into the rest of the week
Too often as the service ends and the closing hymn plays my mind has already turned to who I need to speak to or my plans for the day. Even though I make notes I rarely come back to them.
What if I'm missing what God is trying to speak into my week?
So, whether you go to Church or not if there is a word that speaks to you, a prayer that touches your heart or a hymn or song that makes your Spirit soar; I want to encourage you to join me into bringing Sunday into the rest of your week and letting it minister to you (and others) from Monday.
                                                                                   

"By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you love one another."
(John 13:35)

This Sunday was a celebration farewell service for a much loved ministry leader who is going off to pastures new to answer God's call as an Associate Pastor, she also happens to be a dear friend.

The service was a bitter sweet celebration of love, affection, friendship, ministry and God's faithfulness. Everyone was so sad that she was leaving and there were many tears and yet we knew where she was going and that God was calling her to amazing things, so we were also so happy for her.

This made me think of Jesus, in the time leading up to his death he talked about what was going to happen, he tried to explain where he was going. The problem was, that no-one knew that place and no-one could understand why he had to go when in some ways it looked like he was just getting started.

As Jesus tries to explain, Peter gets upset, he wants to stop him from going, he wants his friend to stay. He can't see God's bigger and better plan. It can be like that as people move in and out of our lives, or as our own ministry or direction changes, we want it to stay the same, we like the familiar; the things we don't know can be scary. 

Let us not be so set in our ways that we would cry as Peter did:
"Never, Lord!" (Matthew 16:22).
This is when we must trust God and realise that sometimes we do not know the big plan.
"You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." (Mark 8:33)

It is inevitable that things will always change, God calls us to change. What looks like an ending is actually the beginning of something new. As Jesus was crucified people cried, they wished it wasn't so and many could not believe it, but still it happened. 
As Jesus cried out, "It is finished" (John 19:30), it was also just beginning.

After the resurrection, things had changed, even Jesus changed but he sought his friends, he explained his new role to them and included them in his future. When Jesus leaves for the final time, he leaves behind a reminder, a legacy of himself, he gives us the Holy Spirit. 
As our friend leaves, she leaves behind the legacy of the ministries she has been instrumental in and the lives that she has touched, like Jesus she does not leave us alone.
"I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counsellor 
to be with you forever" 
(John 14:16)
"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you"
(John 14:18)
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you" 
(John 14:27)

As we go through life following Jesus and changing direction as we hear his call may we always leave behind us a memory of the love that we've shown, a mark in the lives we touch and be a letter from Jesus wherever we walk. It is what Jesus did, it was what my friend has done and it is what I am striving to do.

"You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, 
written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, 
not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."
(2 Corinthians 3:3)


4 comments:

  1. Beautiful Tania. I loved where you said - 'may we always leave behind us a memory of the love that we've shown, a mark in the lives we touch and be a letter from Jesus wherever we walk.' Oh me too! Me too :)

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  2. Hi Tania,

    Beautiful post. I loved where you said - ' may we always leave behind us a memory of the love that we've shown, a mark in the lives we touch and be a letter from Jesus wherever we walk.' Me too! Me too :)
    Blessings

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    1. Thank you Anita
      I always come back to that being my aim for all I do - it keeps me grounded and focused on Christ.
      Tan

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  3. Oh yes. This is exactly right. Keeping our eyes fixed on Him. I'm reminded recently that when I am weak, then I'm strong. God can use anything, any little offering, however small, to build His kingdom.
    Thanks for this, Tania. Sorry I was a bit late to link up this week. x

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