Christian Ministry - The Great Commandment & The Great Commission
Christian Ministry can be summed up in the following statement: Glorify God and serve man by fulfilling the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). The Great Commandment is as follows: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself." The Great Commission reads: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Christian Ministry - Service Through Love
Christian Ministry is service to God and man as an obedient Christian. A Christian servant ministers to God and man in acts of love. Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11).
Christian Ministry - A Personal Testimony
My Christian Ministry began with Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the first person I ever truly loved. I didn't know what true love was until the day I realized Jesus loved me first. He is the first person to ever truly love me with pure love". Now, discovering more and more about love as I get to know Him, I try my best to imitate Him, trying to love Him and all that is in His image.
I always thought that love was an emotion or an impulse. Now I understand that it's a decision. It is to decide to be selfless in any situation. Love is Joy. It is happiness that is not affected by circumstance. Love is Peace. It is the utter lack of contention within a relationship. Love is Patient. It is contentment while waiting. Love is Gentle. It never intends harm. Love is Good. Its intentions are morally perfect. Love is Faith. It trusts no matter what the appearance of a situation. Love is Meek. It surrenders and serves. Love is Temperate. It does not have a selfish appetite. I Love by seeking to be Joyful, Peaceful, Patient, Gentle, Good, Faithful, Meek, and Temperate in every interaction in every situation (Galatians 5:16-26).
However, as hard as I seek to love, my very nature is to not love. It is my nature to be selfish (Ephesians 2:2-3). The fulfillment of the desires of my flesh over any other consideration is natural and appealing (1 Corinthians 2:14). Therefore, I must overcome myself and purposefully choose to be selfless. To merely speak of Christian doctrine while not observing Christian love is hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is conscious deception and willful selfishness, and therefore contrary to God (Titus 1:16). Thus, actively practicing hypocrisy is contrary to Christian Ministry. God wants us to love in deed and truth (1 John 3:18).
Thus, my Christian Ministry is both to love God and man, and to deny myself (Mark 12:29-31; Luke 9:23). It is my hope that eventually I will only choose to respond in love, as I am changed, until all I am capable of doing is loving (2 Peter 1:4).
Christian Ministry - Sharing the Good News
The greatest blessing of Christian Ministry is to share the love of Jesus Christ with others, to teach them of real love - God's Love -- demonstrated to us fully in Christ's selfless death upon the cross for our selfish rebellion against God (1 John 4:9-10). Truly, to share the death and resurrection of Christ with others is to participate in Christ's death and resurrection -- the greatest act of love ever (Romans 10:9-11)!