Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Welcome to the New Kind of Ministry

There are so many lessons to be learned when you are working in a church. There are mental, physical, spiritual and emotional challenges that must be reckoned with and overcome that are above and beyond the monotony of everyday life. People are dying, Christians are walking away, Christians aren't truly believing what they speak. All of these are challenges that have to be met on a day-to-day basis.

I'm in the process of reading through a few books, but I came across an interesting quote last night. The general gist of it followed the lines of thought that it is far easier to lie about your relationship with God than it is to lie about your relationship with a person. You can say I love you to a person, and if you don't, your actions will show it. You can tell everyone that you love God, and no one will question you on it.

This is despicable. I was reading through John 4 in my devotions this morning. Jesus is at the well talking to a Samaritan woman. That in and of itself is mind-blowing. A Jewish Rabbi is stopping to talk to someone who they are forbidden to talk to. A teacher is going against the grain of the day. Not only does he talk to her, but he calls her right out of her comfort zone and puts her sin out on the table. He's not worried if she won't give money, he's not worried if she'll hate him. He's worried about her relationship with God. This... and this alone... should always come first.

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