EVERY Christian is supposed to represent our Lord and EVERY Christian is called to be a minister
So this idea of every Christian is called to be a minister is an idea that has stuck with me as I’ve gone along in ministry and I’ve tried to notice ways in which people minister to others. For the next few months I’m going to feature people in our newsletter and in sermons who are doing a great job of being a minister for Christ. I hope that these newsletter articles and sermons will broaden our definition of what it means to be a minister. Being a minister is not just preaching and teaching about Christ. It’s not being employed in a full time capacity in a church. Being a minister means using your God given talents to care for others in ways in which Christ would care for others.
So is cutting hair a ministry? Is Bruce Lewis a minister? I asked that question to Irving Jamerson. Irving has trouble seeing and doesn’t drive anymore. Every few weeks Irving gets a call from Bruce to see if he would like his hair cut. Irving told me, “It sure is a ministry! It means that I don’t have to worry others about getting me out to get my hair cut. Bruce takes great care of me and I appreciate what he does. I don’t know what I’d do without him.” Irving went on to say that he tried to pay Bruce a time or two, but Bruce never takes anything for these haircuts.
As with any ministry, Bruce admits there are times that he’s tired and would rather not have to get out and wishes he could stay at home and rest. Bruce says he quickly overcomes these feelings once the haircut begins. He finds that in the act of cutting these men’s hair the Lord ends up blessing him and rejuvenating him. He said, “I know these men look at the haircut as a blessing, but let me tell you, I’m the one that receives the real blessing!” Well said, Bruce. I want to thank Bruce for continuing to minister and serve these men who cannot get out to get their hair cut. It’s absolutely a ministry and Bruce Lewis is a minister. I know it’s hard to see ourselves as ministers; I’ve been there, but let me ask us to expand our view of what it means to be a minister. Let me ask you to begin to think of yourself as a minister. 1 Peter 2:9 affirms our calling as ministers when it says,
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Bethel, we are a royal priesthood, in other words, ministers! So what is your ministry? What gifts and talents has the Lord blessed you with that allow you to serve and care for others in the name of Jesus? It may take you a while to answer that question, and that’s ok. It took Bruce a while to be able to see his haircuts as a ministry. The important part is that we start the journey. Let’s begin by praying that the Lord would reveal to each of us our unique ministry. When you find it, you can bet it will bless others and you’ll get a blessing as well. May God bless you and may God bless Bethel Church. Amen.