Ministry is Service
One of the great things about our students here at Tates Creek Christian is that they are hungry to work in the church, to do ministry for the people around them. When asked which topics they wanted to hear more about, a number of students responded that they wanted to know how to get more involved in the church. That is an amazing statement by these teenagers, and we are just now finishing up a series on how Jesus viewed his ministry. It all starts with this:
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 (ESV)
Jesus spoke these words to his disciples after they had gotten into an argument over who was the most worthy to sit at Jesus’ right hand when He came in glory. The disciples were worried over who would get all the recognition and the gratitude in the end. But Jesus didn’t see his time here as a passive reception of gratitude or blessings, rather, He actively sought out people to bless and heal. Jesus’ purpose in life was directed at this service.
The really interesting part of this verse is that the word used for “service” is also translated in other parts of the New Testament as “ministry”, especially in 2 Corinthians 5:18 and Ephesians 4:11-13. In other words, ministry is service, and service is ministry. Jesus saw both his teaching and healing ministry as one in the same, and how thankful are we that He sought us out to serve!
This is why I can encourage our students to be “ministers” today, because if anyone has a heart to serve another, they are fit for Jesus’ ministry!