As a Jesus-follower, and a partner with my husband in ministry I’ve had discouraging seasons of feeling stagnant in my ministry role. Early in marriage, I worked full-time and wrestled with comparison to those who could attend every camp, missions trip, conference, or retreat. Did I really have a ministry?
The next season included three children, three years old and younger. Many days, a success meant to have safe, fed children and MAYBE time for a shower. Again, I had times of questioning whether or not any part of my life counted as ministry.
The truth is that we will feel unfulfilled and dissatisfied if we are not living out what God has called us to. If we find ourselves feeling that way, I believe the question comes down to, what am I actually “called” to do?
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” -Matthew 22:36-40
Beth Moore asks the question, what do you look like when you love God will all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your mind? That’s the real you; you living out your call. It really is not more complicated than that. I love this quote, “Ministry is the overarching title for the way we’ve each been called to serve Christ. Your ministry is the ever-accruing collection of your life works for the glory of God.” -Beth Moore
As a follower of Christ, our individual calling or ministry is going to look different than anyone else’s. We will feel satisfaction in it when each morning we determine that we are going to love God with every part of our being, and love people. Our ministry then will be an overflow of Jesus first loving us and will impact how we love and serve our families, our churches, our communities, and our world.
And in view of this, we always pray for you that our God will consider you worthy of His calling, and will, by His power, fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith. -2 Thessalonians 1:11