“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” — Romans 12:6-8
“Claim your ministry.” It’s a phrase that’s stuck with me over the years. As God’s baptized people, we’ve been given grace upon grace for ministry, wherever we are and whatever we do. Whether we’re working, learning as a student, or retired, we all have a calling. Our ministries take many shapes and forms – caring for the vulnerable, speaking truth to power, worshiping faithfully and giving of our resources, caring for a loved one, comforting the dying.
But do you know what else? We claim our ministry in those daily phone calls or texts, by paying it forward at the coffee shop drive-in and smiling at someone in the grocery line. All of these are opportunities to provide regular ‘little expressions’ of our call, ways in which we “claim our ministry”.
Claim your ministry with Christ’s grace and strength.
Prayer: God of guidance and wisdom, help us to see the ways you have equipped us for ministry. Continue to enliven our gifts as live our daily lives and face different challenges. Strengthen us to discern the gifts you have given us as we claim our baptismal ministry. Amen.
Deaconess Deb Robinson, St. Joseph, MN