And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday. (Isaiah 58:10)
Now all this talk about spiritual offspring may seem a bit overwhelming. In fact, knowing the complexities of relationships, practicing appropriate doses of grace and truth in their lives, and absorbing their wrongs may just cause one to retreat from the messy business of ministry altogether. We are tempted to adopt the mantra of “If it weren’t for people, ministry would be great” and practice the “Just me and Jesus” mentality. The problem with such a sentiment is that it is completely uncharacteristic of Jesus Himself. It sounds like a comforting prospect but in actuality Jesus didn’t model this notion nor would He endorse this lifestyle for any of His followers. He completely engaged Himself in the lives of broken people and fully expected His disciples to do the same. We may have more excuses than Moses (Ex 3.11-4.17) but the fact of the matter remains; if you want to be a follower of Jesus, you must spend your life on behalf of others (Mt 4.19, 28.18-20, Jn 13.34-35).
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