Stop the Christian ministries! Stop the Christian nonprofits! Stop the Christian titles!
Yes, you heard me.
Please stop with the emphasis on, marketing of, or bemoaning your lack of, having or starting a “ministry” for your life.
It starts with that familiar saying of we hear in Christian or church circles or in church itself, “My ministry is …” with a M-A-J-O-R emphasis and elevation and emotive of the word ministry!
Am I being anti-ministry? Am I condemning others for having a ministry? Not in the least, but let’s give some perspective of what is a ministry.
That’s Greek to me.
Let’s look at the Greek word for ministry first.
The NASB word “ministry” occurs first here:
Luke 3:23 When He began His ministry (ἄρχω archō), Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli,
What is interesting of THIS Greek word (ἄρχω archō) is its definition used in the case of Jesus and HIS ministry:
to be chief, to lead, to rule
Jesus started HIS ministry with the Church, but He is the Head of His Ministry, but that’s another blog post.
But what about us? We’re the “sent ones” for Christ. The other Greek word for ministry is διακονία diakonia and means:
1) service, ministering, especially of those who execute the commands of others; 2) of those who by the command of God proclaim and promote religion among men.
This Greek word occurs 34 times in 32 verses in the NASB, and while it covers some additional perspectives, the idea is you are serving others.
While most of the word contexts are using ministry for serving others in the church, a broader view is one where your “ministry” is your life.
Your life is your ministry with your talents, time, and treasure
Your life includes you talents, time, and treasure. While in most cases your talents, those things that God has gifted you with, are you primary means of serving others, your time and treasure, your money, is also your ministry.
Your life is your ministry.
Whether it’s using your talents, making a PB&J sandwich for the homeless, or hiring someone to work for you, your whole life is your ministry that God will reward you for your efforts.
But your efforts are based on including others.
Your ideal focus is your service to others
As a Christian, you are either a CONsumer or you are a PROsumer.
Read what this blog post says about your creativity, “Why Excessive Consumption Limits your Creativity”
So you are either consuming or creating using the resources that are around you.
So let’s stop creating the various nonprofits and ministries (you know how much IRS and governmental red tape it takes?) and create a business to serve others so you can serve others from your profits from your business by hiring more and more people as your business grows.
If God is our Creator, and we’re created in His image, we’re to create, too, by being a PROsumer! Create a business and let’s get going.