This is a post I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Probably as long as I’ve been considering writing a blog (which is a lot longer than I have been). It’s taken me so long to write it because touches on a very sensitive subject, one that can hit a very raw nerve with people. What exactly is the responsibility of those persons who have chosen to “minister”?
I’m not talking about Religion. That’s a similar subject, and related to ministry, but still not quite the same. To minister simply means to give service, care or aid. Therefor a minister is someone who performs the actions of giving service, care or aid to another. This can apply to many situations, but usually when we use the term minister, we are speaking of persons who have chosen to help others spiritually.
So how does a minister render aid? By definition, ministering is being “of service.” We are here to help people, not by our words, but by our actions. We are not here to speak religious rhetoric, and tell others how to lead Spiritual lives. We are here to show others how to lead Spiritual lives. As a minister we have to be the example for others.
It’s not always easy, being a minister, sometimes it’s downright hard. But if I can’t put forth the example of how to be a good person, then I have no business trying to tell others how to live.