Like some of you who read this blog, my vocation, my way of providing for our family is by serving in ministry. As such, I found Jesus instructions to his disciples as they prepared to go out in ministry (as The Message puts it) very helpful:
Mark 6:9 MSG – “Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment. No special appeals for funds. Keep it simple.
I often feel like I need a lot more to do the ministry Jesus has invited me to do. But my main equipment for ministry is just what Jesus is doing in me and through me. I am the equipment Jesus is using. I am a person in whom Jesus is coming to more deeply abide. This is His gift and His work. I am the beneficiary, as are those with whom I spend time.
“Jesus, Your presence with me and in me is the greatest resource I have. Apart from you, the rest of my equipment are like unplugged appliances. All of my knowledge, insight, or creativity is powerless apart from You. I’m grateful that you are with me when I speak to groups or travel to lead retreats.
Reflect: What ministry opportunities have you been given? What have you believed you needed but didn’t have to faithfully serve? How might Jesus be reminding you that you yourself are the main piece of equipment he wishes to use?