WEEK 7, DAY 4: All of Life is Ministry
For the most part, we live in a culture in which people compartmentalize their lives. While we’re at work, that’s our work life. While we’re at home, that’s our family life. While we’re at school, that’s our school life. While with our friends, that’s our social life. While we’re at church, that’s our spiritual life. We segregate our lives into these areas so that we can pretend to be in control of what’s going to happen next.
But the reality is that most of life is well outside our control. One thing we can control, however, is understanding that all of life…is ministry.
Think about it. How would your daily life be different if you didn’t attempt to have control by segregating your life into different compartments, but instead gave up that sense of control and lived as if everything in life is ministry?
Your work life would be your ministry. Your family life would be your ministry. Your school would be your ministry. Your social life would be your ministry. Your hobbies, sports, coaching…everything would be your ministry. This is how the early church lived, and they thrived as a result.
READING & JOURNALING:
Do you agree that people, in general, separate our lives into compartments in an effort to have control?
Some think they don’t have the training for full-time ministry, but Peter writes that, “You are royal priests.” Have you considered the possibility that your life may truly thrive by living as if all of life is ministry?
Heavenly Father, I confess that I am one who will compartmentalize my life into different segments, yet this pattern of living is not helping me to thrive. Continue to help me see myself as You see me (a royal priest) and to minister to others in all areas of life as a reflection of how You minister to me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Isaiah 65 & 66
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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