Ministry Can Really Hurt Sometimes

Haley cried last night as she talked … because sometimes ministry can really hurt.

Last night we had a Bible study at our house. Every week a group of about 15-20 people meet to study, pray and encourage one another to be Jesus in others lives.  One of the things we decided when we started was that we were not just going to talk about Jesus things, but that we were going to actually DO Jesus things. And these guys have.

Just before Christmas it was this little group that decide they wanted to give clothes, toys and home furnishings to those in the community that needed them. On a cold Saturday morning in December, way over 100 people were blessed with clothes and toys for Christmas and furnishings for their homes.  The whole giveaway was a huge success.

We liked giving things away, but someone in the group suggested that we go beyond just giving things away and start getting to know some of these people.  So the plan was devised that we start providing a meal once a week at a low-income apartment complex and invite the residents to come eat with us in their dining hall area.  Probably the best way to get to know someone is over a meal, and the meal would help them physically and financially. So after some prayers and planning a low-income apartment complex was chosen. After knocking doors and inviting everyone to come … the ministry began and people came.

I was impressed when I stuck my head in on the bible study group the first week they served a meal at the apartment complex. There they were sitting across the table from people they didn’t know … yet.  Over the last few weeks, relationships and friendships have begun and grown quickly. One family from the apartment complex asked if they could come to church with us … and they’ve come twice. Through all this I am reminded once again, if you are willing to make yourself available to God, He’ll use you. He doesn’t need your ability … simply your availability.

Through all this I am reminded once again, if you are willing to make yourself available to God, He’ll use you. He doesn’t need your ability … simply your availability.

So why was Haley crying last night at the bible study? Her tears were for her new friends that God had put in her life from the apartment complex. She was crying because they have problems, lots of problems. Instead of looking the other direction, which is the easiest thing to do, Haley is trying to help. The thought of a little family being evicted and out on the street was more than she could take, as she fought back the tears. I’m glad she cried because it means she cares.

You and I need to make ourselves available to God. Get involved in someones life … and then don’t quit when it gets hard.

Making yourself available to God for ministry to others is an amazing adventure, but sometimes it can really hurt. Jesus understood this completely, because his adventure for God led him straight to a wooden cross.

I’m glad Jesus didn’t quit. Don’t you quit either.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Trey Morgan tagged this post with: , , Read 1182 articles by
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  1. jasonS says:

    Great post, Trey. Thank you.

  2. Barry Wiseman says:

    Jesus wept.

  3. Ryan Tate says:

    Ministry is not an option to me. I’m compelled by Christ’s love – and that keeps me available for God.

    Great post. Thank you.

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  5. Greg England says:

    Psalm 56:8 “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”

    Haley’s tears are the kind that are pleasing to Jesus because they come from a heart that cares. Thanks for sharing this. Thanks for who you are in your church / community.

  6. Randy says:

    We have a lot of good friends in our bible study group. When ministry hurts (we just didn’t know it hurts) it is nice to have such a good support system in place.

    Today we pray for a job for our friend.

  7. Kim Robinson says:

    This warms my heart! It is wonderful to see people provide basic needs for others. However, the true blessing of ministry comes when we choose to see beyond any human boundaries we may have and actually get involved in the lives of people who have great needs both physically and spiritually and who many times, more than anything else need someone to come along beside them and do life with them. So thankful for R and H! You guys are a huge blessing!

  8. Jamie Riley says:

    It’s amazing when God works so powerfully through his children! Praying as God works in you, your church family, and community bro…

  9. Rick Morgan says:

    So many small groups are focused inward just like most churches are. Jesus didn’t have a chance of changing the world if he would have been that way.

  10. Philip says:

    Great post! First time commenter…
    It’s crazy when you get to know people and their situations on more than a surface level, how their hurts and pains become yours. I’m learning this more and more as I get to work closer with people in ministry.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Philip … honored you’d take a minute to stop by my blog and leave a comment. Thank you. Come bring your guitar and spend sometime playing in Childress.

  11. Jackie says:

    Within the past week, Levi and I got involved with a young woman and her 2 kids also here in Childress. My intention “at first” was just to help her with some clothes for her daughter BUT God had different plans. The first night that we took “neccessities” to her house, Levi and I saw the light! And it was a HUGE blessing! Not only are we trying to help her but we are becoming friends with her. Amazing that one week seems like I’ve known her for a year! God is SO good!

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Jackie … thanks for going out of your comfort zone to bless someone else. I still say, it’s a win-win situation when we help others. Obviously Jesus knew what we was doing when he told us to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

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  13. Becky says:

    Someone told me once “the more you love like Jesus, the more it hurts”. I didn’t understand at the time, but the older I get the more I’ve learned it’s true!

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