31 AugMinistry at Work, Ministry in Business | No Comment
Our senior pastor has been preaching a series on ‘church without walls’ but I hadn’t thought about it a great deal in my own daily activities. I had thought about it with respect to reaching out to local community and outside of our church building but let me explain what I mean.
Recently some friends of ours at church were unwell and the wife had been in hospital. I received a call from our church office asking if I’d be willing to make a meal for their family. I accepted quickly and was delighted I’d been asked. Whilst I’ve been involved in leadership and departmental activities I’d never been asked to take on a pastoral role like this one before and I was thrilled at the prospect. Such a simple thing to do but it means so much to those who have need. For me it was a short-term commitment and because I was home and available, it was easy to organise.
When I delivered the meal I didn’t want to stay long and intrude on the family but I was invited in to chat with the husband and wife for a time. They were delighted to see me and very grateful for what I’d brought them. They asked me how my business was going and I told them about some recent events that had taken place. And then Janet said something that I later repeated to my husband and didn’t fully comprehend until I said it. She said ‘Some women return home to escape from the outside world. You returned home to reach the world’.
Graham and I discussed this and he said he felt that Janet often had very insightful comments. It is true that through my business, my writings and through speaking at churches and seminars that I have reached many, many people and yet that had not been my goal or my intention when I first came back home to work over 14 years ago. I was fed up with the corporate world and was anxious to be home for our 5 daughters. But God turned that into something far beyond my dreams. All those years of experience, trial and tribulation have brought with it lessons I can share with others.
As mentioned above, our senior pastor has been preaching a series on ‘church without walls’ and I can truly say that through my working at home, and in sharing with and caring for others online I have truly reached out beyond my own walls.
As you are reading this right now it means you have internet access. How many people do you think you can reach and touch through the ministry that God has planned for you?