And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” Matthew 10:42
So many times as Christians, when we hear “effective ministry” we think of the big organizations, large churches, well known authors and well read blogs. We get it in our heads that we aren’t effective simply because we aren’t well known or because our impact may not be as large. Friends, we are ALL called to effective ministry right where we are.
I was able to attend the IF:Gathering earlier this month. It is a women’s conference based in Texas and live-streamed to local groups throughout the country. The main speaker, Jennie Allen, made the point many times that we are called to do the small things well. To make her point even more clear, she called up to the stage a lady who had been involved in her life while she was a college student. Together, looking out into a crowd of thousands of women, with thousands more watching throughout the country, Jennie told the older woman that all of this wouldn’t have been possible without her faithfulness.
The older woman was her mentor while she was in college and Jennie told the story of availability, chocolate chip cookies and an open Bible on the living room floor. She recounted how this woman invested her life and willingly shared her knowledge of the scriptures and her desire for the Word. It may have seemed small and just a routine day, but the impact was huge. The impact it is still having is huge.
I think about my life and the people who have spent time teaching and instructing me in the Word of God. Thankfully, they didn’t think it was insignificant and a waste of time to teach just one. People like the Sunday School teacher who greeted me every Sunday and made me feel welcome where I felt out of place. People like Emily who met with me faithfully every week even though I was the only one who showed up for the Bible study. People like my parents who were taught about the Lord by their parents. Then I think about the faces of the women who I have had a chance to come alongside, not just at Harvest House, but through the church and teen centers as well. I’ll tell you the truth – my life is better with them in it, even though it can be complicated and messy and hard!
Buy that cup of coffee. Answer that phone call. Meet with someone even if you don’t think you know all the answers – search for the answers together. Just don’t forget we are all called to ministry in one way or another and our faithfulness in today could have a lasting impact on more people than we could ever fathom.