This week I have had the opportunity to spend some time back home in Michigan. It has been a great time of relaxing and rejuvenating. It has also been a great time of connecting and communicating. I have seen and connected with more people in Michigan than I have in years and it has been great. I am excited to get back to Missouri this weekend and do some ministry. I am already missing my family at EPIC.
One of the things that God has been continually teaching me over the past couple of months and again during my time in Michigan is that ministry is about people, ALL ABOUT PEOPLE. Ministry is useless and pointless without people. If your focus in ministry isn’t on people, you might as well not be in ministry- and I truly mean that. With people also comes numbers and money, and ministry isn’t about those things either.
If you take the time to read through the gospels you will find that Jesus’ focus and emphasis was on people. He came to reach people, not to be loved by the Pharisees, not to be a Bishop or even to be a god in and of itself, because He could have done that from heaven. But He came to be a person, a person that loves on people. He challenged people in such a way that they had to follow Him. Through that love that was showed to them, they didn’t have any other choice but to follow Him.
Because of all this and because people still need to feel the love that flows from Jesus Christ, ministry is all about people- nothing less, nothing more. If we begin to lose focus and place our time and energy on other things then we miss out on what God has for us. Ministry is all about people and that’s all that we have to worry about.