Ministry is About Enabling All to See and Hear

Devotional Thought of the Day:

3  Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God! 4  Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places. 5  Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The LORD has spoken!”  Isaiah 40:3-5 (NLT)

397      Don’t place obstacles in the way of grace. You need to be convinced that to be leaven you must become a saint, and must struggle to identify yourself with Him. (1)

Some may recognize the passage from Isaiah 40 quoted above as being fulfilled in John the Baptist. For he was the first to cry out that Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior was near, that the glory of His cross would soon be revealed to everyone.

John’s call for repentance leveled the playing field, for no man could stand higher than another, and when Christ was lifted up, all could see him.  No longer would wee little men need to climb trees to see Jesus.  All would be drawn to Him; all would be able to know the hope of salvation.

The problem is that we forget that we share in this ministry of making Christ accessible. The problem is that many of the obstacles, the hindrances, the mountains and canyons are ones we built.  Perhaps not intentionally, perhaps to give us a better view, but they still block the view, they still delay people who are bring drawn to the cross.

We have to stop treating ministry as if people are to serve it, rather than it serve the people.  It is wrong to make the one being drawn to Christ detour for miles or weeks or years to get around the trenches we dig, the barriers we put up to keep things safe and neat. We need a call to repentance, especially among those who are to shepherd the church, or who serve the church as the priesthood of all believers.

We need to hear these words, Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed and all the people will see it together, and recognize that in these words our commission is clear.

They need to see.

We cannot continue to get in the way, but rather, we are called to help them respond to Christ drawing all of us to Himself, to hear the answer to our prayer,

Lord, have mercy upon us, sinners,

 

 

(1)   Escriva, Josemaria. The Forge (Kindle Locations 1548-1549). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God’s saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

Posted on July 6, 2016, in Devotions and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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