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.