(1 Chronicles 17-19, John 10:1-21)
He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me. (John 10:12-14)
When the going gets tough, do we run away? When the enemy rushes in like a flood, do we turn back? In all of our spirituality, have we learned how to remain steady towards those we serve? Have we really learned how to love?
Ministry is not about fame. There’s nothing glamorous about shepherding, if you’re doing it right! Shepherding does not involve a microphone. It does not need a spotlight. It’s long hours and can be dangerous. Jesus is the Good Shepherd! And those who would care for His sheep, must care for them His way. Jesus lays His life down. If we would be called into His ministry, then we too must learn how to lay our lives down.
There are ministry conferences happening all over the world. No doubt there will be books, websites, and the like…all for purchase. But the ministry of Christ is more simple still. We, who claim to know Him, must know Him. We must surrender until we learn to live like Him, and think like Him, and love like Him. You may not need another book. You just need to find your cross. Once you’ve found it, pick it up and follow Him. This is the ministry. It’s yours if you want it.