Portrait of Personal Ministry Day 2
It is a Ministry of Observation: 9.33
There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed.
Peter did not go to Lydda because he knew of the man who needed help, but he went to Lydda and discovered the opportunity to help this man. As Peter went about his daily activities, he maintained an open observation for opportunities for ministry. Peter found opportunities for ministry because he looked for them in everyday places.
When you leave your church campus, does your awareness of the opportunity for ministry leave with you? Begin asking God right now to help you be aware of ministry opportunities all around you as you go about your day.
It is a Ministry of Exaltation: 9.34
And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately.
- The Dead Sea is dead, because there are multiple inlets pouring water in but none pouring water out. The intake with no outflow produce deadness.
It is a Ministry of Salvation: 9.35, 42
So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord. So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner.
- Where are you involved so that the end game is seeing lost people be saved? Ultimately, the end game of all ministries in the local church is to glorify God, advance the Kingdom, and lead the lost to salvation. Whether the ministry is benevolence, small groups, hospitality, praise team, kids ministry, youth ministry, senior adults, or community outreach, the end game is always to see people saved and Christ glorified.
God’s work through Peter reveals to us a portrait of a personal ministry. The Body of Christ is a beautiful organism. It is made up of many different people, with many different abilities, many different personalities, and different backgrounds. All these different people, serving in our individual areas of ministry, make one – like a puzzle or giant machine.
In Witnesses of a Third Way: A Fresh Look at Evangelism, Robert Neff's chapter includes this story about visiting a church service: "It was one of those mornings when the tenor didn't get out of bed on the right side. ... As I listened to his faltering voice, I looked around. People were pulling out hymnals to locate the hymn being sung by the soloist.
"By the second verse, the congregation had joined the soloist in the hymn. And by the third verse, the tenor was beginning to find the range. And by the fourth verse, it was beautiful. And on the fifth verse the congregation was absolutely silent, and the tenor sang the most beautiful solo of his life. That is life in the body of Christ, enabling one another to sing the tune Christ has given us."