It is past the first quarter already! Some of my personal goals:
- finish the right-division videos I started last year;
- become better at identifying what the real issue is behind other's bible questions (specifically so I can have a bigger impact on those 3 minutes chats at the fair);
- help complete some needed secretarial editing work for the ministry that I am involved with; and
- visit a local college campus to educate the students about right division.
A new goal came to mind as I was having a discussion with my family the other day, as I often do, and not surprisingly we wound up talking about the bible. We were discussing ministry and how many different ways a believer can minister and how many different "kinds" of ministry there are. Its amazing how the doctrine of 'being part of the same body but different members' plays into this topic. (1 Cor 12:12-27)
The reasoning behind the different ministry is mainly circumstantial and a preference. Some people hate the idea of going to a college campus and starting up discussion by asking a simple question as "What do you believe the gospel is?" Others might not have time to make videos on right division topics to post on YouTube because they have kids. Which is a "full-time" ministry in itself! I understand that having kids leaves little if no time to check off what use to be on your to-do-list. That list has changed and so has your ministry focus. But some great wisdom from my father and his experience. The hard work, time, and what seems like vanity effort being put towards ministering to your kids will hopefully turn out to have a bigger impact for the Body of Christ than what you could have possibly done yourself.
But the part of the discussion that made me add a new goal was
- ministering to ourselves.
There use to be a song that I would request at church when I was a little girl "Fill My Cup Let it Over Flow." My brother made a good relation to that song once saying God's words are so much in you that it overflows to a point that people cannot get you to shut-up about it. And the only way to get that overflow is ministering to yourself. We focus so much on doctrine that we forget application. We don't work on our daily selves because honestly there is not much personal application in drawing out a timeline and showing the difference between Peter and Paul. Application is what makes the doctrine 'real' instead of just the same knowledge that theologians study.
Sometimes us right-dividers study for study sake obtaining knowledge and use it as an excuse for our poor daily attitudes. A genuine heart, mind, and soul will go a long way in making that cup of yours spill over. So next time you see me, ask how my ministry to myself is going and I'll ask the same of you. :)
1 Timothy 4:15 -16 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.