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Part One in series on “How to minister…” Sometimes I get stuck in my American cultural fortress of my home isolated from the world’s need and I begin to lose touch with my purpose on earth. I’m called to be with Jesus and to be his ambassador to those much needier than myself. And if I ever n…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Part One in series on “How to minister…”

Sometimes I get stuck in my American cultural fortress of my home isolated from the world’s need and I begin to lose touch with my purpose on earth.

I’m called to be with Jesus and to be his ambassador to those much needier than myself. And if I ever need something more concrete than that, I can just turn to three passages in Isaiah.

Isaiah 1:17

  • Seek justice.
  • Encourage the oppressed.
  • Take up the cause of the fatherless.
  • Plead the case of the widow.

Isaiah 58:6

  • Loose the chains of injustice.
  • Free the oppressed.
  • Share food, shelter, and clothing.

Isaiah 61:1-3

  • Preach good news to the poor.
  • Bind up the brokenhearted.
  • Proclaim freedom for captives.
  • Comfort all who mourn.

By doing these things, my life comes into alignment again. I begin to recover my sense of purpose and the authority and guidance that Jesus has promised me. If ever I’m beginning to feel depressed or out of whack, this is my north star, my gyroscope.

This is what our lives are to be about – yours and mine. We can be narcissistic in our faith – focusing on our feelings as the paramount indicator of whether we’re in God’s will or not. This list from Isaiah is a better weathervane. This stuff is what God made you for.

Continued in How to minister: Imitating Jesus

Comments (9)

  • wow, this is awesome and i love it! i just finished my morning prayer and came to this e mail. what a way to start the day with this in mind. I know it will be a good day and I will go out and be His ambassador to those much needier than myself. I love Isaiah. Thank you for showing me how to start my day today!
    pam

  • Seth,
    I was doing a serach for ‘debriefing’ material and came across your site. Wow, so much thought and time put into it. Brilliant! I work full time with Campus for Christ, Canada and am in the process of leading a team internationally. Thanks for all your insight. I look forward to catching more of your thoughts in the days to come.
    Cheers!
    TERRA
    http://terraleavens.blogspot.com

  • Seth,
    You make my day. This is the best sermon in recent times, the best way to minister to others , just like the Lord did. God bless you and continue to enlarge your mission.

  • Seth,
    You make my day. This is the best sermon in recent times, the best way to minister to others , just like the Lord did. God bless you and continue to enlarge your mission.

  • Amen… we all need to get back to these basics! Opportunities are all around. Thanks again for the pearls of wisdom He gives and you are obedient to share :-).

  • This is great stuff Barnes. Preach it!!! The simplicity of following Christ regarding what He cared about most. What else is there? Keep it coming.

  • Hello

    I want to thank you for your hard work & Spirit filled Christian Fellowship.

    I was actually just doing a word search from an email i had from:

    Daily Devotional from Love Worth Finding Ministries
    View message online: http://www.lwf.org/site/R?i=aEPV_ci4as-UyxALkacJoQ..
    ______________________________________

    I was word searching for: We must minister to Jesus

    I didn’t know what Pastor Adrian Rogers was saying in one of his daily messages, but Now i understand quite well.

    Thank You very much Blythe,CA

  • Wow, I needed to read this today. I have gotten caught up in the rat race of life and needed these wonderful words of direction straight from the Bible. Thank you and God Bless you!

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