Monday, September 9, 2013

Real Ministry

An article that I really appreciated by Audrey Broggi!

"When I was a young mother, I attended a strategic planning meeting with my husband in an exclusive hotel in the city because we were going to start a Bible study for executives and plan evangelistic outreach dinner parties.  It was as we walked to the elevator after the meeting that the wife of the ministry leader took my hand in hers and said, “Someday, when your children are all tucked away, perhaps you can have a real ministry too.”  

Her sentence bothered me.  Maybe she didn’t mean to sound condescending.  But I remember wanting to tell her that I thought I was having a ministry as I helped my husband, mothered our children, and kept house.     I had four little children and they seemed to need me.    Carl was very busy in seminary and serving as Pastor of Evangelism at a large church, and he had just been asked to head up the Executive Ministry of Cru.  I was quite content teaching the Bible to my children, leading them to Christ, having them as my little disciples and doing ministry from my kitchen sink, the playground, the supper table, and the back yard.   It never occurred to me that this wasn’t real ministry.

Had I not had deep convictions rooted in Scripture, I might have been tempted to wonder, when this woman approached me, if what I was doing at home had any ministry significance whatsoever.   And I might have been tempted to long for the days when real ministry would finally be mine.

This incident made me think.  And I began to realize that a woman like me fulfilling her God-given role at home was not really being seen as ministry according to so many in the Christian world. The only thing that seemed to matter as far as ministry was concerned was what took place outside the home.  Leaving the home, ministering to other women – really ministering to anybody other than a husband and children ~ was the only real ministry. 

But over the years, I have learned so much of the Bible through teaching it to my own children, to children at church, and children in my neighborhood.  I took theology seriously because I was instructing little lives with the truth of God’s Word...."   
Read the rest  HERE!


Amber said...

Thank you for sharing! I know I can often get worked up over getting enough "accomplished" in a day, I just pray I label as accomplishments what truly are accomplishments!

Jacqueline@ said...

This is an excellent post by Audrey! So very true and such a sad state of affairs in many of our churches. Thank you for sharing it, Alyssa!!

Alyssa W. said...

I am glad it was an encouragement to you ladies! :)