"I think I should be involved in more ministry." The friend speaking was the wife of a minister who had temporarily stepped away from the pastorate.
We began to discuss a different way of looking at ministry. Fortunately for us who want to live wholeheartedly for Jesus, whether we're busy at home or at the office, we can be continually involved in ministry to Him.
The Holy Place in the Old Testament tabernacle represented the place where the priests ministered. To the right when the priests entered the Holy Place stood the table that held the bread of the Presence. The sharing of this bread represents the communion we have when our spirits commune with the Holy Spirit. Amazingly, this communion not only satisfies us but it also satisfies God!
In fact, the priests were to offer this bread to God for six days and on the seventh they could eat it. It was as though God wants us to know our communion with Him is first of all for His pleasure. It is more than making petitions and is often not accompanied by words at all.
Communion is an attitude of loving contemplation of God, often focusing on taking in His Words and accompanied by joy. We can be busy all the time and yet be sending a sweet fragrance to God by enjoying His presence.
Jesus said, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven." The following words sometimes spoken in a communion service can be done at any time: "Feed on Him in your hearts by faith." God considers such fellowship so delightful that He says our enjoying His presence is a ministry to Him.
Thank You, Jesus, that it's possible to delight You whatever I'm doing.
"And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat" (Exodus 25:22 KJV).
Yes, the Come to the Fire was the best event that I have ever attended, and I have attended some really great events. I had been dealing with a little depression and discouragement, and the Holy Spirit showed me that it was not necessary to hang on to that or be defeated by it. He showed me that it was Satan's way of getting me down and making me less effective. I gave the burden to the Lord, and He gave me a new joy and perspective. The presence of the Holy Spirit was so awesome and powerful in each service. I am so thankful that this was available in our city.
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14, 15).