As a minister of the gospel, one of the most polarizing aspects of my calling is being at a dinner party and answering the question, “So what do YOU do?”
So sometimes in order to build bridges for sharing the gospel I dream of answering the question something like this . . .
It’s all in the packaging, isn’t it?
“For we who are alive [In Christ] are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:11
A verse I never understood comes to life . . .
“You know he does not mean that we have to get ourselves nailed to a cross. But that cross is a symbol of something very real in our experience. What was Jesus like on the cross? He was not powerful and impressive and significant; He was not being applauded by the multitudes that listened to His every word. No. The cross was a place of physical weakness, of rejection by the proud and arrogant world around Him. It was a place of obscurity, a place where He was willing to lose everything He had built and to trust God to bring it back and make it of lasting significance [for others].
Have you been in those circumstances recently, where no matter what you do you cannot seem to get any glory or credit for yourself? That is exactly where God wants you, because out of those times of inordinate pressure, times of hurt and despair and heartache and a sense of being wasted and not used, God is working His will. Others, perhaps, are being or will be given life because of the death to self you are going through.” – Ray Steadman
About the ResBlog
Members of staff and Vestry will be posting on the ResBlog to help us think through who we are in light of the gospel so that we might “spur one another on to love and good deeds.”