“Soon afterward, Jesus went on through towns and villages, preaching and bringing the good news (the Gospel) of the Kingdom of God. And the twelve apostles were with Him. And also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had been expelled; And Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager; and Susanna; and many others, who ministered to and provided for Him and them out of their property and personal belongings”. Luke 7:1-3
I encourage you to meditate on these few questions for a moment using the women written about here as an example…
– Do I minister to Him? What a question that is!! Do I start my day ministering to my King, enquiring of HIS needs for this day? Or, do I only enquire Him of my own?!
– Do I come before Him and ask “What do YOU need of me this day Lord; How can I assist YOU?”
– When did I last put my own comfort before His needs? When did I cross the road to avoid a person, not open the front door, not answer the phone, stay in bed, not help someone, not provide for someone etc etc…?
– Are my property and belongings open to being used?
– Am I providing for Jesus with the sacrificial surrender of my life/my body, to be used as and when HE chooses?
– Do I consider that it is Jesus himself who shares the Gospel through me? I don’t have to strive to deliver a ‘good speech’ to someone, I only have to deliver myself up to be used by Him, resting in the knowledge that it is Him that binds up the broken hearted and opens the prisons of all those who are bound.
What are His needs? Well, St Theresa of Avila says this…
“Christ has no body now on earth but ours, no hands but ours, no feet but ours. Ours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good”
Within the truth of God’s self-sufficiency, we, as His children and representatives, have been chosen to carry and manifest His presence to the people of this world. The ministry of Jesus, when He was walking this earth, is the very same thing He is doing now. In the time when the verses above were lived out, the women accompanying Him ministered to Him and the apostles in a very practical way – food, money, shelter, washing etc. We could wrongly believe that Jesus doesn’t have practical needs today. He does. He needs us to be available….to give of ourselves, our lives and our hearts, to such a degree that our first thought in the morning will be “How can I minister to YOU today Lord? How can I accompany YOU today as You seek to touch the lives of those You love?”
This has really challenged me, encouraged me and stirred me up and I have once again been brought back to the simple truth….
My life is not about my own needs. And neither is it about everyone else’s. My life is about HIS needs first and foremost! In accompanying Jesus and ministering to Him, myself and everyone else’s needs are taken care of. Yes, God’s Word says that I should ask, that I should make my specific requests known and of course I need to look to God as my provider and love my neighbour and take care of the poor, the lost and the oppressed..but…if I were to really listen to what I pray about, even in my prayers for ministering to others, would they be more about me and my needs, than His???
God Bless x