A TV Show That Does Better Ministry Than The Church
There is a television show currently on the air, the theme of which is to build a home for someone who is needy. It is a very popular program, people love to see this happen for someone who has had a tragedy or is deserving in some way.
In this show they do some things that are very Godly and in line with true new testament Biblical purposes.
The very first thing they do, which is the catalyst for everything else, is that they seek out someone who is poor, some family that is needy or in trouble. They go to the poor. They seek out the oppressed. They help the homeless.
Once they take this action, a miracle happens. Seemingly out of the woodwork, hundreds of people pop up. Volunteers. People who want to help. People who want to serve the needy. People who know that they have some skills that will help, and some who don't even have skills, but know in their heart that they will do what they can to help.
No matter where this show travels, this miracle happens. Everywhere in the country, people are interested, willing, wanting to serve the poor.
Biblically, these are ministers. This is what Christian ministry ought to be all about. The word ministry means to serve others. The Bible says that "everyone of us" has been given the ministry gifts. It even goes so far as to say that "even the rebellious" have these gifts. Simply put, God created everyone to serve Him, to serve His will. To share His love and to have His compassion--a love and compassion which was perfectly expressed by the actions of Jesus in His earthly ministry.
Jesus actively sought out the poor, the needy, the oppressed, the homeless. He was "sent" by the Father to this purpose, to accomplish this ministry. And He asked us to follow Him, to do our imperfect best to follow His perfect example.
Jesus didn't ask us to do an endless list of things! He simply asked to us to seek out the poor, the homeless, the needy.....
"Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:34-40)
He came to bring the Gospel, and healing and deliverance to the poor, the oppressed the wounded.....
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." (Luke 4:18-19)
When this television program takes on this Godly action, God sends HIs supply. He activates the ministry gifts in hundreds of people.
This is to the complete shame of the organized Christian church. The organized church has decided, centuries ago that only "some" people have ministry gifts, and that "ministry" is a type of rulership or authority over others within the structure of the church function. In doing this they have shut off God's supply of ministry.
But He will supply anyone who follows His will and when His will is acted on, it will inspire multitudes to follow and serve.
Too bad the church doesn't seem to know this!