A couple of years back, some of you took a brief course with me on how to be "fruitful on our front lines." The author, Neil Hudson, was arguing that Christian ministry is not just those things we typically think of like teaching Sunday school, feeding the poor, or leading youth groups. Indeed, as people "in Christ,” we are in a place of ministry out in our daily lives, whether at work or at home. Hudson gave us six ways, for starters, by which any Christian can be a significant vessel of Christ.
1- Modelling Godly Character
Displaying godly character as models and examples.
2-Making Good Work
Respecting the dignity and value in our everyday tasks.
3-Ministering Grace & Love
Giving to those around us the grace and love that God has shown us.
Influencing the culture on our frontlines so people flourish more.
5-Mouthpiece for Truth & Justice
Becoming champions of right living and fair dealing on our frontlines.
6-Messenger of the Gospel
Growing in confidence in talking about Jesus with people on our frontlines
So let me ask all of you; have you been aware that your life on the frontlines is very much a place of "ministry?" If so, would you be willing to share your story with the rest of us? Let me know and we will make time for this on Sundays. Then I believe it is only right that we start praying for one another when it comes to our weeks ahead. Jesus has work to do next week and he will use you to do it, if you are open and ready.