Some people believe that the whole duty of Christians is to go to church every Sunday and maybe one other night of the week for Bible study, attend a few church functions like a bake sale or gospel concert and maybe pray with some people every now and again but that kind of Christianity is not what Jesus called us to.
In fact, Jesus uses a criterion to separate His sheep from the goats and the obedient from the disobedient when describing what we are truly called to do as believers. Jesus delivered a powerful message to us in Matthew 25:31-46 and uses extremely strong and passionate language when expressing to us what and to whom our ministry is.
In Matthew 25:31-40 (NIV) Jesus blesses some believers for what they did for a certain group of people He highly esteemed. I don’t know about you but I’d like to esteem who Jesus esteems. Let’s look at the scriptures; 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
In that passage Jesus identifies people who are hungry, thirsty, strangers, poor, sick and in prison with HIMSELF!!!
The homeless, the widows, the sick and those who are in prison are identified specifically by our Lord and Savior as those whom we are called to help meet the needs of. He did not ask us to do this if we were comfortable with it or felt like it.
He did not require that it make sense to us either. Jesus takes this ministry very personal and says that when you do it to them, you are doing it for me and in the following verses 41-46 He makes is clear that if you are not doing it for them than you are not doing it for me.
Jesus is extremely serious about this ministry as He uses this ministry criteria to determine who would go away into eternal punishment or eternal life. Jesus has called every believer to be a minister.
The body of Christ has somehow misunderstood and are not being taught that ministry is for EVERYBODY! The true role of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers is for preparing the body of Christ for the work of ministry.
Ephesians 4:11-13 (KJV) clarifies this call: 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
We need “Monday Ministers” to take their rightful place in their homes, neighborhoods, communities, cities, states, nations and the world. I use the term “Monday Minister” because after you leave church on Sunday you should have been called to action to do something in your community. You were not born again and empowered by the Holy Spirit to just sit on a church pew week after week.
The body of Christ has not been commissioned to sit on the sideline and watch the Pastors, Deacons and others do the work of ministry. We are all called to ministry and Jesus tells us in the passage in Matthew where we can start. There is also a great need to support ministries that are doing the work that Jesus called us all to.
That support can be spiritually, physically and financially. We are in a fight and need all the resources we can gather to fight the good fight of faith. We need each other and cannot do it alone. I encourage you to get involved in ministry somewhere.
I want to inspire you to give of your time, your resources and prayers to the cause of Christ. There are lives depending on your actions. May the love of God strengthen and keep you.