Never make a principle out of your experience; let God be as original with other people as He is with you. ~ Oswald Chambers
I begin today’s post with this quote to make it very clear that I will share what God has done with me, what He is doing in my heart. Your experience may be very different than mine. His leading in your life may take you in an entirely different direction than He has taken me.
I worked in the healing ministry of my previous church for 14 years. Many considered me to be “in the ministry”. I worked like someone in the ministry. I’m not saying that with any pride or any regret. It was a wonderful time in my life. Then God called me away from all that.
As I stepped from that season of my life into the next, many said that they were eager to see what God would do with my ministry now.
For quite some time I rested as He had instructed me to. Yet constantly watching for His next instruction for the ministry He had for me.
Weeks turned into months. Months turned into a year. Still more months went by. I finally asked God what He wanted me to do. His response, “What is in your heart to do? Follow your heart.”
I was surprised by this. Could I really trust my heart? His response to this unspoken question, “Your heart is Mine. Your heart is turned towards Me. Follow what is in your heart to do.”
I discussed with Him what was in my heart. I was surprised when I said to Him, “I don’t want to be ‘in the ministry’. I just want to love people wherever I go. Whatever that looks like.”
Loving people might look like praying for someone in need of healing. It might look like counseling a friend in the midst of a trial. It might look like eating a meal and fellowshipping with friends. It might look like fixing my husband’s favorite meal or picking up his clothes from the drycleaners. It might look like sharing Jesus with someone who doesn’t know Him.
Loving people might look like spending time in prayer, in intercession, for someone I know or maybe interceding for someone I don’t know. It can look like any act of love.
I sensed a smile cross His face as I shared my heart with Him.
I was reminded of Jesus’ ministry. Many times He appeared to just be walking along when His course was changed by the leading of compassion.
As Jesus walked through the streets of Jericho, with people all around Him, it says that He “stood still” when He heard the cry of blind Bartimaeus. He stopped. He turned and He healed this man crying out for mercy. He was led by the Spirit of God to demonstrate God’s love to this individual.
Come, follow me… and I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19, NIV)
…He leads me… (Psalm 23:2, Amplified)
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Romans 8:14, Amplified)
I don’t know what the future holds for me. I do have an expectation of His continued goodness and grace in my life. Whether it looks like a ministry or not doesn’t matter. What matters is that it look like love.
I will follow where He leads and there I will love others as He has loved me. That is my ministry.
Be led. Selah.