The reading for today is Mark 10:45 KJV.
"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
It feels so good when someone does something nice for us. It feels even better when we have the opportunity to help or do something special for another person. Why do you suppose that is? Perhaps it's because that's what Jesus wants us to do.
We can give to charities, churches, various causes which help people, and it is indeed helpful, but is it truly ministering? What if our pastors donated to charities the congregation selected, and gave their time by attending conferences regarding world peace or other worthy missions, but never prayed with a grieving person or counseled someone who needed help? We certainly wouldn't call them ministers.
Minister can be a noun, but it's most effective as a verb -- a very active verb. Jesus ministered. He prayed with, he held, he healed, he counseled. He gave and gave and gave. He gave until the only thing he had left to give was his life. He did this for us.
Look around you. Do you see someone who could use a friendly smile, a hug, a word of caring? It doesn't take much; perhaps a card or a telephone call to let someone know you are thinking of them. Jesus calls all of us to go about our lives ministering. Live the verb!
Awesome and gracious Father, you sent your Son to minister and to die for our salvation. Send your Holy Spirit to inspire us to minister to those around us and recognize where and when it is needed. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
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Prayer Concern: Those who need some signs and words of caring.