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Wired for Ministry

The reading from the Narrative Lectionary for this upcoming Sunday is from Acts 18:1-4.  Paul has been run out of several towns and he finally settles in to live in Corinth for a little while.  He meets a married couple that share a passion of his, tent making.  Paul moves in with them, and it becomes his base of operation in Corinth.  The couple eventually become major players in the Christian tradition, Priscilla & Aquila are mentioned in many of the letters of the New Testament.

This week I find myself drawn to how our interests, hobbies, and professions become gateways to ministry.  When encouraging others to minister to those around them, I have often heard people express discouragement.  They tell me that it is easy for a pastor, but how are they supposed to find people to talk to about what God has done in their lives?  The answer is right here in this seemingly simple text.  You already influence those around you.  The people you share interests, hobbies, and professions with hear what you say and see what you do.  You are already a minister.  The question is, what are you preaching?

The Christian Faith has always been spread through gorilla marketing.  It is the couple who go to the same coffee shop every morning, for years supporting the worn down waitress, witnessing God's love to her through kind words and support.  It is the knitter who started a knitting group to share their love of knitting, only to become such a safe space that a victim of abuse was willing to share and receive help.  It is the foster parent who serves and protects children from dangerous situations, while praying daily for the parents of the child in their care.  The list is endless and the mission field can be found in any hobby or interest, no matter how small you think it is. Sometimes God will create opportunities for you to speak into situations, sometimes it is only your actions that speak, but don't think for a second that they speak quietly.  You are always ministering, what is your message?

What do you love doing? Who do you rub shoulders with? 

May God use those outlets, to create opportunities for you to share the love of Christ with those around you, be that through action or word.   


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