A Heart For Ministry
It was a sun splashed day in Florence, Italy. I made my way down the narrow Via Roma from the Piazza della Repubblica and entered the Piazza del Duomo among a sea of people engulfing the iconic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore capped by Brunelleschi’s dome, Giottos’s soaring Bell Tower, and the Baptistry of St. John graced by Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise gilded bronze doors.
The vast square around the Duomo is just filled with hundreds of people. It’s what you notice first. You look out across the landscape of humanity. And then, you can’t help it. You must look up. What you see is simply breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and beautiful.
I immediately swung my Nikon D7000 camera into place to capture images of the Duomo cathedral covered in white, green, and red marble from Carrara, Prato, and Siena, Italy, a rainbow bokeh background for the real stars of this historic site — the people.
When I look out across the world, I see people who need the Lord. Thousands of them. What I see moves me deeply. But then, because I know the Lord, I look up … to Him. He gives me what I need in the world where He has placed me — a heart for ministry. I like to think of ministry as “Jesus Christ in action.” Ministry is not about what you and I do for the Lord, but what He does in and through us to touch a lost and hurting world.
Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed with all that God calls us to accomplish in life. Always remember that He will ask more of you than you could ever achieve all on your own. Why? Because He never intended for you to do the ministry alone. He intends to do it Himself and fills you with His power through the Holy Spirit.
The words of Galatians 2:20 help me understand how the Lord works in our lives —
When God gives us a new avenue of ministry that seems more than we could ever accomplish, we need to learn to say, “I can’t, but He can.” I think about the day as a new Christian speaker for Quiet Time Ministries that I walked up on stage and spoke to a thousand women for the first time. I didn’t know how I could do it. I said, “I can’t, but He can.” And I saw many women give their lives to Christ that very day. I remember the first book I ever wrote, Pilgrimage Of The Heart. The task was initially overwhelming to me. “I can’t, but He can.” And I have seen that book and many more written and published by Quiet Time Ministries. The Lord has taught me to step out in faith to whatever He asked of me. In the last few years, God has opened up a whole new avenue of ministry for Quiet Time Ministries — myPhotoWalk devotional photography. With camera in hand, gazing at majestic landscapes, and capturing images of God’s creation, I have said, “I can’t, but He can.” I am watching the Lord develop devotional photography as an evangelical vehicle in devotional publications and through online outreach to encourage others to draw near to Him.
What is God calling you to right now? Do you have A Heart For Ministry?
Dear friend, will you not only look out, but also look up … to Him. When you draw near to Him, He will give you a heart for ministry and you will see Him in action in and through you. He promises.
♥ Blessings and Grace to You!
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