We are a kingdom of ministers

I was somewhat surprised by the positive feedback from my “how I ended up Messianic…” series. Unexpected people seemed to be blessed by it. And all I’d done was tell a fairly “plain” story.

Meanwhile, in the last couple days, a dear brother had a stroke. North of eighty, such things can be dangerous…unless you’re Kirk Douglas, who continues ticking away into his 100’secret, Baruch Hashem!

I “happened” to be on patrol that day. He “happened” to fall surrounded by people who loved him and Yeshua. In addition to that, I had three or four encounters that made me question my decision to stop doing police work.

Later, considering the prospect that my brother, we’ll call him John, might not make it. An unbiblical sentiment, since death would be the definition of making it. I thought of his “girlfriend” who John had been helping with hEr medical issues and general life. John has been helping someone for as long as I’ve know him.

Who would take of his girlfriend, now? Well, unless all this community stuff I’ve been talking about is a load of hogwash–the community had better take care of her. Again, I prayed for more younger people in the fellowship.

Then something shifted in my mind. One of those “is the puzzle upside-down?” I’d been praying for awhile for more that I could do. I don’t want to be a sideline disciple. The faith is not a spectator’s sport.

What if the elders around me were not an accident? What if the elders were supposed to be my service?

I don’t mean that as a box. I don’t think we’re supposed to ignore things outside the box. There is no box! But what if we look around and see what we do have to minister with, instead of praying for a ministry that isn’t there?

If you have a story (and if you’re sentient then you probably do), then telling that is probably part of your ministry. If you are surrounded by children (even if they are your own), that’s you’re ministry. Old people, then those are yours.

Basically, get rid of the tidy confines of what it means to minister. Look around, what needs do you see? What can you do? Ministry is right in front of you.




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3 Responses to We are a kingdom of ministers

  1. Diane Phelps says:

    One of the things I value most about HaYovel’s Tommy & Sherri Waller is their sense of “roundness”. They acknowledge the children from newbies on up but they also always show respect to the “elders” those over 50. I believe that is just one reason folks are drawn to them – they are out of the culture and out of the box. Culture puts folks in a nursing home and children in day care – out of the box values them. The wealth that those who are north of 80 have is immeasurable. I still miss both my parents because they always had something wise to share. Once again, great article, but you used a bad word again – community (hope Jacob reads this) – sure glad you didn’t incorporate the word boundaries either.

  2. jsclark says:

    Oops. Did that make it past my careful proof?

  3. Bethany McCormick says:

    I love your musings 🙂 Part of the success of the ‘c – word’ is the acknowledgement of all the daily things that makes a community work. Not all jobs are glamorous, and at times they can be tedious, but necessary for survival. A willingness to pick up some slack at times, and the willingness to put your load down and let others carry it for a time as well. Not having grown up in Ohio around the Amish communities, I always would tell my mother how envious I was of their close knit communities. How they always seemed to care for their own, no questions, just actions. Her answer – instead of wishing for theirs you should work to build your own……….

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