It seems that ministry has become a concept that we all easily consider ourselves apart of. As I have gone through different ministry, and have seen a good share of what they do and how they have functioned. Along the way I have grown to understand my own mind and how it usually works. Call it a gift or a curse but I am able to see disfunction and functions within the ministries. How certain things work and others do not work at all.
The biggest thing that has come across is the concept that it is quiet easy to insert yourself into a “ministry”. That all it takes is a little magic and people working to become apart of that community, and you had a “functioning role” within that community. You had a job, and it was to save the world as some kind of coordinator. I’m not dissing jobs, I am dissing titles because they have limited the passion of someone’s calling, and have created a culture of job security and safety… In a war… as a Christian…
When did job security and safety ever cross a warriors mind? It never did. The only thing they new and breathed was the ideals for which they fought. Life of others in their community, freedom for them, and health of them.
Yes warriors built plans to attack against the opposition, but never was it the sole reason that they lived. They lived for their “king”.
You can probably already see where this is going, but before I can jumble everything together and claim coherency lets look at the following of Christ, The Way.
This is right after the feeding of the 5,000 in John chapter 6:25-71. Really I am not going to type the whole thing out, look it up.
But the biggest thing overlooked in the feeding of the 5,000 is that right after pretty much ALL of Christ’s followers, or “disciples”, desert him… Yea they left.
The people had eaten and had their fill, all while in utter amazement of the the miracles that He performed while on the mountain side. Thus resulting in them conversing amongst each other about how to make Him kings. Christ knew their thoughts so he left and went to solitude on ANOTHER mountain. He probably walked pretty freaking far, it says Verse15 “Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a MOUNTAIN by himself”. He left and walked far away. Then comes the whole walking on water story, it’s of great importance, but I will use it just to give context for the next part. Jesus and the 12 got into the boat, went across the lake, and basically were hiding. They left everyone, the 5,000.
Now the people began to notice that He left so they went searching for them, they found Him….
Verse25 “when they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, ‘Rabbi, when did you get here?’ 26 Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.'”
He basically laid out to everyone there that they did not believe in who He is. Now yes that is pretty obvious but what happened next is my favorite part. They ask for a sign to know if He is in fact the “Son of Man”. When it is quiet clearly right infront of their faces. He then explains repeatedly what the Son of Man is. Resulting in Him saying this… I was going to type out the entire thing but I don’t want to, so read it by yourself you’re a grown up.
He basically tells them that eternal life is His flesh and His blood. Now He did say it quiet literally that way but Christ spoke in parables for certain reasons and this is one of those reasons, refer to the parable of the Sower that will explain A LOT. He also states that NO ONE can come to Him unless the Father draws them.
Just in this part of scripture Jesus quiet literally expressed the Gospel and what saved you, and almost no one wanted anything to do with it. SO THEY LEFT. THEY LEFT, HIS FOLLOWERS LEFT. Except the 12. This is crazy, Christ SHARED the Gospel and it required something as simple as believing that He brings eternal life. But THAT was to hard for the followers of the Law.
GO READ THE LAW OF THAT DAY AND TELL ME IT’S EASY… It is pretty easy because you know the result of your sacrifices and what not. These actions were pretty easy to get along with, but there were quiet a bit.
But Christ is asking/asked/asks one thing, that we confess in our hearts and with our mouths that He is the savior. That is not easy, especially for me as someone who enjoys trends and facts.
We as Christians in our lives should be living in a way that we take our beliefs as seriously as this situation in time in the bible. That the claims of Jesus are completely ridiculous and audacious. That WE ARE NOT ALL CUT OUT FOR IT.
The sooner you and I come to terms with that we can let Christ work in our hearts and use us in ways that will make your insides implode, and your life to be destroyed and rebuilt to do undoubtedly some of the greatest things YOU WILL EVER WITNESS.
My prayer for you as a reader is to understand the craziness and the layout of these things that He has been teaching me. Because if you want to understand you will.