The Value of Ministry (6 of 6) by Michael Romero

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The Value of Ministry
Michael Romero

Introduction:

A budding artist once painted a picture of the Last Supper. He took it to the writer Tolstoy for his opinion. Carefully and understandingly the Russian master of words studied the canvas. Then pointing to the central Figure, he declared: "You do not love Him." "Why! that is the Lord Jesus Christ!" exclaimed the artist. "I know," insisted Tolstoy, "but you do not love Him. If you loved Him more, you would paint Him better."

When I think of ministry I think of us serving as Christ served. I believe our ministry should paint a picture of who we serve. It should represent how much we love our Savior. When people see this church they should see a picture of Christ. When people look into our lives they should see a picture of Christ. Just like the writer Tolstoy told the budding artist, "If you loved Him more, you would paint Him better."

This should be our desire when it comes to ministry to express our love for Christ by the picture we paint of Him through our service to Him and to those he would reach through us.
In the Louvre, in Paris, there is a famous painting by Murillo the famous artist. A door opens, and three prominent people of faith walk in. They are amazed to find that all the kitchen-servants are angels. One is handling a water-pot,(hoya de agua) another some meat, a third a basket (canasta) of vegetables, a fourth is tending (atendiendo) the fire. The message of the picture is that no labour is common unless we make it so.
There are a few ladies that paint a picture of Christ every third Sunday of the month when we hold our fellowship. They are in our church kitchen preparing hot food for their spiritual family.
When I think of each person in this church I think of everyone as an artist with different and unique gifts and abilities. Every one of you has been given an empty canvas. The question is how you paint Christ on that empty canvas with those gifts and abilities that have been entr ...


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