A way that is beyond comparison

The simple church I’m a part of is in an excellent place.  I can only speak for myself but I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of something that so consistently makes a positive difference in my life.  I don’t know if others could say the same but I do know that some people are in a better place than they were a couple of months ago and I know some people have found warmth and acceptance.  They feel at home.

What am I learning through this?  I think Jesus was right.  Yep, that is it.  I think Jesus is right.  "No one has greater love than this — that one lays down his life for his friends."  There are people in this church that show genuine care and concern for me that extends beyond meetings.  It is wonderful to know I have friends that will respond to me when I reveal my weakness and even my sin.

At its heart ministry it isn’t about models, mission, church size, location, finances or a whole bunch of other stuff we focus on.  At the core it is sacrificial love.  It is what Paul spoke of when he said "And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison."

If your concept of ministry gives you abundant opportunities to serve people in the context of sincere loving relationships then you will see things change.  If your concept of ministry is filled with any number of good things but insulates and isolates people from each other through complicated structures, theology or busyness then it will not change anything.

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