Dare to share - 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.
                                                                                   

"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you 
not only the gospel of our God but our lives as well.."
1 Thessalonians 2:8

Jesus did not stand apart and preach the word of God, when he taught he lived among the people, he was involved in their lives, he shared in their hopes and upsets and as Disciples this is where we must live.

Jesus commands us in Matthew 28 to go and make disciples of all nations. How do we make disciples? We do as Jesus did, we live among them, we teach them, we love them and we show them something different to what they expect in the world. This is what Paul practised, he travelled into foreign lands, lived among strangers and loved and taught everyone without discrimination.

As Paul travelled he did not leave those he  had visited to just get on with it he wrote to them and later visited them again, he encouraged them, continued to teach and strengthen them in their walk. 

When we touch someone's life we cannot just walk away, bringing someone into the presence of Jesus can take a lifetime of loving, caring, teaching, nurturing and encouraging them in their life. 

We live in an age of instant results and sometimes when we show someone how amazing life with Jesus is we become discouraged when they don't take up following him as whole heartedly as we may be walking. Read Paul's letters and be encouraged, his teaching to others was an ongoing ministry which he delivered in love and humility. 

Paul was able to do this with authority because he knew Jesus' teaching, he knew when and how to apply the word of God to any situation, he lived in these places with individuals experiencing different lives and difficulties and could come alongside them with the right word because he spent time in it.

Sharing the gospel is not about sharing the words printed in the book in the hope they may be encouraging, it is speaking those words with wisdom direct into a persons specific situation, directly into their life, this brings God close to them personally and it reflects the love and grace of Jesus as they see you take an avid interest in their life and their situation.

We must live with people in a way that is open and vulnerable, not to be seen as high and mighty speaking judgement and righteousness but sharing our lives in a way that shows we are not perfect, but our God is, being honest about our mistakes and sharing the forgiveness of God and showing the love beyond reason that our God shows to us.

Our relationship with God is not for us to keep and hold but it is to be shared and given away. As you go into this week, ask these questions -

  • Who can I show the love of Jesus to?
  • Who is already walking with Christ but needs some encouragement?
  • Who can I teach and help to grow into a disciple to go out into the nations?

I'd love to hear about how you share your lives for others - your story could be the strength, encouragement or lesson that someone else needs. 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Tania,

    I loved your post - thank you. It is something that is very close to my heart. My prayer is that through my weakness, people will see God's strength, reflecting Jesus' love.

    'As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person,' Proverbs 27:19 NLT

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    1. Anita
      That is my prayer too. Thank you for your encouragement.

      Tan x

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