I expressed in Foggy Stops that I often find myself in a quandary. I am in the midst of ministry and I find myself wondering if I should stop for ministry. How can I be fair? What should I do?
One of the greatest examples I have of adequately handling this challenge is found in the Bible, Luke 8:40-50. Jesus is in the midst of heading for ministry to Jairus’ daughter who is on her death bed. On the way there he is clearly interrupted by ministry, but does not seem to be interrupted at all.
A woman, who has been bleeding physically for twelve years, touches the fringe of his garment and is physically healed. Ministry work accomplished, right? Wrong! Jesus recognized the opportunity for ministry and stopped for ministry.
In a wonderful act of compassion, Jesus recognized in her religious tradition twelve years of bleeding physically left her also bleeding socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Jesus revealed the real need and welcomed her back into public life again. He set her free from the chains that bound her for twelve years.
Following this empathetic ministry to her, Jesus moved on to His next opportunity for ministry. This is the premiere example of effective ministry without getting lost in the fog.
As you know from Foggy Stops I can’t say that I have been there as much as I would like. I sure do want to experience this ministry mix exemplified by Jesus’ fine tuned connection with the Father. I want to handle my stops like Him.
When have you effectively made the transition to ministry on the way to ministry?
What do you think is the key to doing ministry the “Jesus Way”?