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What’s Your Ministry?
This past weekend I was texting with my niece who is a makeup artist. She’s a woman of faith and passion. As we chatted I mentioned to her that her makeup artistry is her ministry. She agreed. She turns ordinary women into extraordinary beauties on their special occasions. You can find her here if you’re ever in need of a special transformation!
My dearest forever friend, I call her HM, is a home cook. When she hears that someone is suffering a loss or a hurt, she hurries and cooks up something and delivers it.
I have another friend who masters in visitation – she will visit a suffering friend and just sit for hours.
All of these women are ministers of the gospel. Each in their own special way.
We all have at least one. The important thing to remember is using those gift/s.
- Administration (including organization skills)
- Being an apostle
- Speaking in tongues
- Teaching (sometimes known as shepherding)
The above is a pretty thorough list of giftings – recognize any in yourself?
Gifts vs Ministry
Is there a difference? I think so.
I’m a writer – that is my main ministry but my spiritual gifting is exhortation/encouragement. I exercise both.
Do a little inner reflection and identify your gift/s and your ministry, it is extremely helpful in your day to day walk.
Your ministry is probably your natural propensity to react to a situation. My friend cooks. Another friend visits. And, if you’re good at something, like my niece, make it your ministry!
I am taking some literary liberty here and going out on a limb and saying perhaps our ministry is similar to our talents. What do you think? I’m always interested in comments and other’s thoughts.
For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. (From the Parable of the talents in Matthew 25.)
Do Your Homework!
What do you think your talent/ministry is? Now, get busy and exercise it!