Since beginning my first semester of School of Ministry with my church, I’ve felt like a new person. I understand the Bible better than I ever have. I’ve learned more. I’ve grown more. I’ve loved more. At the base of it all, I’ve found that the Word of God is the greatest gift in my life. I hold the key to eternal life in my physical hands, and I can live on it.*
That being said, I haven’t been a Christian all that long. Three years is relatively short in the grand scheme. I sort of just jumped into the church headfirst. Now this might not be for everyone. I totally get that, but I also think there’s this misconception that one has to be a Christian for a certain number of years or go to seminary to be a part of any ministry.
It’s as if we feel we need some sort of attendance award in order to talk to someone about Jesus. Well that is a dang lie.
I preface this all by saying that knowing what you are talking about is really important. Know the basis of your doctrine. If you are a Christian and aren’t reading the bible, you’re definitely missing out. The Word tells us what God thinks about us and what He wants for us. It’s our sword against the attack of the enemy. It is our teacher, healer, friend, and confidant. It is absolutely necessary, and if you can pull scripture out of your butt at the drop of a hat, I applaud you. It’s that important.
But knowing how to quote John 3:16 at Christmas Dinner isn’t what qualifies you as a Christian. Luke 10:27* tells us that of all the commandments (surprise, there are 600 more than the first 10), the most important of these is that we love God above all and love our neighbors as ourselves. That’s it. And this wasn’t some sort of new doctrine either. Every single commandment (surprise, there are 610) of the Old Testament had this at its core.
And all you need are those two laws to do ministry. Love God and love people. If you can nail these two things down, you’ve got yourself a ministry. Whether that is in a church setting or your office or your home. That is your calling, and all else will follow with time and trust in the Almighty.
So don’t stress too hard about the rest. Your journey starts now. Your purpose and story start now. In moments of doubt, ask yourself whether either of these commandments are carried out in your words and actions. If they are, you’re on track. If not, reevaluate. It really is that simple. With the knowledge of these two laws, all else is ahead of you. Get pumped.
“But he answered and said, ‘It is. written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’” (Matt 4:4)
He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Luke 10:27)