The Greatest Commandment by Diane Burwell,
Every believer is a minister of God’s Word. We minister in the work place and we minister at home, to our neighbors and also to those we casually meet. How do we minister to others when they are not asking, nor do they seem to care? We fulfill the Greatest Commandment. Matthew 22:34–40. Jesus answered by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments”
As we love one another, no matter what the other person is doing, saying or believing, this is sharing our love for God. How do we love our enemies? Treat them the way we would want to be treated. We ask them how they are doing. When a friend or acquaintance seems to be in need we can ask if they would like us to pray for them. Generally people’s needs are in one or more of three areas: Health, finances and relationships. These areas are their “felt” needs. We know what they really need is a Savior, but sometimes we help meet their “felt” needs first. After all, Jesus fed the people literal food before He gave them spiritual food.
I have never had anyone turn down a prayer. We don’t even have to say the word “Jesus” for the prayer to be effective. We don’t have to witness to them about their need for a Savior. We let the Holy Spirit do these things. We are there to help with their “felt” needs – health, finances and relationships. If someone is worried about money and shares that with you, your prayer can be: “God, we thank You for Your love to us. I thank You for my friend and ask that You would help her with the financial need she faces and the provision she needs. A-men.” Then, possibly in the future, that same friend might come to you and ask how you seem to have found so much peace and joy in your life. Then the opportunity to share the Gospel message opens up. Loving one another is a powerful thing.
So, the ministry is not only being a pastor, a teacher, or being part of an established ministry, it is anything we do to show God’s love to others. We are all called by God to the ministry.