When was the last time you dropped everything to minister to someone?
As a ministry leader, it can be so easy to let all the other details of our jobs take precedence over the here and now. As ministers, we are notorious for letting things like sermon prep, volunteer coordination, and finance meetings dictate our schedules—sometimes to the detriment of our own health or even faith.
Yet the example we are given by the greatest minister in all of history—Jesus—is one of humility and patience. He was fully God and fully human (prone to our same limitations and constraints), yet we never heard him say anything along the lines of “No I can’t heal your daughter right now. Can’t you see I’m busy and exhausted?”
Recently a group of Dutch Brothers employees dropped everything to pray for a woman in need. I admire their willingness to respond to a stranger’s suffering and to perhaps look a little foolish as they stuck their hands out the drive through window. As I look at the image, I wonder if their hearts burned with God’s love as they prayed. I imagine they did. I imagine the rest of their day was pretty special as they realized they not only served coffee all day, but also ministered to someone in need. Lots of ministry goes unnoticed, yet this special moment was caught by an onlooker:
If you’ve ever had an experience like this, I think you can agree the way you feel after spontaneously helping someone sparks new hope and energy in your heart. Your original calling to the ministry is rekindled. Experiences like these connect you back to Jesus and the very practical work he did as he walked the earth. A humble servant who was willing to be interrupted.
What if we were willing to be interrupted so that we could constantly be rekindled and refreshed like this? How would this change our ministries?