All about Relationships. I once overheard a fellow seminary student say that ministry would be great if it weren’t for all the people. Though I refrained from jumping into that conversation, I did pray for God either to change his heart or redirect him into some other line of work. And I will explain why as we take our next step in our series on shared values.
I’ve been sharing the values that I hope we will share together based on the word “GOSPEL.” The “G” stands for growing in Christ, “O” for outward focus, “S” for Spirit empowered, and this week, “P,” putting people ahead of programs. People may sometimes frustrate you, as I am sure that you and I sometimes frustrate others. Yet, because God is in the people business, we too as His children and servants, must also be in the people business. Remember this call from Jesus, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
We often read this as a personal invitation that Jesus has extended to us, which is certainly true if you and I are believers in Christ. We should also remember, however, to read those words as an invitation to other people. Jesus has amazing compassion for people, and that compassion not only blesses us, but overflows from us into the lives of others.
This is compassion that compels us to reach out and serve others. It compels us to stop and ask how people are doing, and really listen to how they respond. It compels us to look for ways to help others and be a blessing even beyond the daily and weekly programs. Together we can ask and listen and make a positive difference. -Jason