Every Christian, no matter who they are or what they do, are called to minister to others. Life is ministry.
Welcome to Sisterhood of the Traveling Word. This ministry was created to give encouraging words and wisdom to my beautiful sisters in this world, in hopes that what I share will travel to the ears of those who need to hear it and after they have nourished themselves with the message, they pass it along to someone they think could benefit from it too. The message is meant to travel and encourage along the way.
In honor of my 31st birthday this year and celebrating a new change in my life, I spent some time in Proverbs 31. Proverbs 31 describes a virtuous woman. A woman who is a great example, a positive influence, a hard worker and an advice-giver. She is someone who works hard to become a woman who honors God. I honor God by trying my best to be a virtuous woman.
The way you live, treat others and treat yourself says a whole lot without even saying a word. People are watching you whether you know it or not. I plan to live my life as if someones salvation is based on my obedience to God's plan. I'm obviously not perfect but when I stay connected to God, I tend to be more like Him and his grace and mercy carries me when I stumble. I am human of course. And when I do stumble, I ask God for forgiveness first, then to those who are watching me, and I pray that I do not stumble, at least not in the same area, again.
We are all called to minister to one another. To share the Gospel. To build up the kingdom of God. To build each other up and help those who are lost. A minister is not just a title. It's who we are. It's who I am. God has done too much for me to stay quiet and if he has done it for me, he can do it for you!
How can you minister to someone?
Reach out to someone who may be in some need of some encouragement. Even a simple hug can change someone's day!
Get to know them.
Learn the many areas of their lives. See what that person truly needs or is missing. That way you can help meet the needs of that person.
Become a friend.
When people feel connected they are more than likely going to open up to you but that takes time and trust. Be the type of friend that they need.
Pray for them.
Pray that God reveals to you the needs of that individual. God knows what they need.
Minister to them.
Everyone is different. This area should be held with care because the way we minister to one another can either help them or hurt them - if not done in love. If you are trying to convey a message, try using analogies that the individual can relate with to help them understand better.
Maintain the relationship.
Reach out every so often to check in and see how they are doing. This gives you an opportunity to help and serve them.
'Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.'