The habit of ministry

healing-touch-of-jesus“And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases.” Luke 6:17,18 (ESV)

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Last week, I began examining 3 habits of Jesus from Luke chapter 6…habits that we should be modeling.

On Friday December 19, I examined how Jesus spent time in solitude with God.

On Monday, December 22, I examined how Jesus also strategically spent time in community.

In today’s verse, Jesus models the third habit…time in ministry.

The healthy follower of Jesus will not only spend time in solitude with God, time in community with other believers, but will also spend time in ministry to others.

That ministry can take many different forms.

The unifying theme of ministry is service to others.

In today’s verse, that ministry or service took the form of healing the sick.

Clearly, this is one way that we as Christian physicians can serve others…through compassionate care of our patients. We are privileged with the knowledge and skills necessary to render the most advanced medical care ever developed.

We should rightfully remember that this is a privilege and honor…not a duty or job.

But we must also be careful not to assume that our practice is the only ministry that God has called us to.

He may have additional plans for us.

While Jesus certainly engaged in the ministry of healing the sick…He also had multiple forms of ministry such as teaching, evangelism, and discipling.

As Christian physicians, we are called to heal the sick, but we may also be called to witness…to teach…to disciple.

Finding our full and complete ministry requires an open mind and heart.

A mind open to the possibility of other forms of ministry besides medicine.

A heart open and willing to follow Jesus completely in the direction He leads.

The most common reason we miss other forms of ministry is our failure to ask.

The Christian walk is an exciting adventure…don’t miss the opportunities the Lord has waiting for you…and be ready to take the first step!

Prayer: Lord, lead me into all the ministries You want me to undertake…and give me the courage and strength to follow You.

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