To Whom is Our Ministry?

In this week’s Bible Study, we heard about the message To Whom is Our Ministry?  If we think about this question and use the life of Christ as our main example, we see that Jesus started His ministry in Nazareth, then moved to Capernaum and then to the other cities.

Christ grew up in Nazareth and in Luke 4:18, He declared in the synagogue “to whom” His ministry was going to be with:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised

Our ministry has to begin where His began.  It is to the poor and the broken hearted, to the captive, to the blind, and to the bruised

“Dead bones don’t live and never will. But In God’s world, it’s very natural that in the supernatural they can live, and He adds that-in this day-the scripture will be fulfilled.  I will have a ministry to the ones that can’t make it”

Once Jesus left Nazareth and went to Capernaum, His power grew, His ministry began, and people were drawn to him, astonished at His Words.

Luke 4:31-32/40-41  - And he came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.

My power and ministry will come where God is placing and directing me, in this, I will have power. It is possible, that in my “Nazareth” I get saved and grow and God speaks to me but I have no power.  But, as I leave my Nazareth, I find that I have a ministry and a power, as it’s the place God wants me to be.

The only reason Christ left Capernaum was so that His purpose would be discovered.   At some point Capernaum is supposed to end or else my feet can stay in Capernaum and not go beyond.

“My purpose is not discovered in the house but in the desert place”

When Christ left Capernaum He expanded His ministry.  Christ was going to love the ones that were going to respond negatively.  He was going to find and give to those who would never be able to give back, and to love those who would never respond, or to those that would respond negatively. Everywhere Christ went, He had the poor man and the Pharisee.

“Ministry is not just to the poor but to the unthankful”

I was never meant to sit in Capernaum.  I am His hands and feet.  Ministry will always go from one place to the other.

Nazareth - I learn the life of my Master.  Capernaum - God lets me grow and I get to see the comfort and the ability of what I am to have once I get to Heaven.  It is not my resting place and the place where I stop.  Other Cities - I learn how to suffer well and have an expanded ministry. I learn that the more I love, the less I will be loved.  I learn how to spend and be spent for others, to go outside and see the poor, and I am aware, looking out and loving my enemies.

“When you and I step out and go forward, it’s an automatic ministry to the one who gave it to us.  There is something at the core and it keeps us.  The boat can fill with water and it actually never capsizes.”

These thoughts were taken from our Monday night Bible Study. To listen to the whole message, click here.