1 Thessalonians 5: 14
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
One of the things that people express to me as often as any other thing is that they want to have a ministry. They are looking for their place in the body of Christ. I don’t know why this seems to be such a hard thing for people. There is no need to go out searching for ministry, it is all around us all the time. I think that more than not, people are looking for a position and recognition more than they are ministry. If you really want to minister you only have to go to the grocery store, the department store, the sporting events, and so on. Do you see where I am going with this? There are people wherever you go that need ministering to.
I think that most of the time, we make things harder than they need to be. We try to make ministry some vague cloud or mirage that has some kind of mystique that surrounds it. Ministry is simply going out and helping people get their needs met, making them feel loved, showing to them the love of the Lord in everyday life. Ministry is so simple and down to earth, that many people miss it everyday, looking for some mysterious event to happen.
Notice here what the Bible says is our opportunity to minister. First, it says to warn the unruly. It is so easy to simply let people know, not by condemnation or piety, when they are out of line or when they are headed for destruction. The next area is encouragement. It only takes a second to have the ministry of encouragement, but it can make a lifetime of difference, so many need encouraging. Then there is the support of the weak, you will find ample opportunity to help under gird the weak if you will just look for it. Finally, be patient with people, yes, that is a ministry too. You see, the real question is not can you have a ministry, but will you take the time and put forth the effort to be a minister? There is ample opportunity and ministry for all.