Clearly, clearly, my job here is not to go to the town plaza and make proselytes, it is to live wrapped in God, trembling to His thoughts, burning with His passion. And, my loved one, that is the best gift you can give to your own town.
And my soul breathes a deep Yes! That's it! That's what true ministry is all about. In its purest form, ministry can only be an outward expression of an inward reality. Apart from that, apart from what God is doing within us, and around us, it is just smoke and mirrors. Apart from the life of His Spirit within us, we have absolutely nothing of substance to offer those who are dying for something of substance. To live a life wrapped in God as you go about your daily rounds, and to live in relationship with those that cross your path, that is the essence of ministry! When life, and voice, and relationship all sing in perfect harmony. When heart, and soul, and spirit, are so full of God that they overflow, spilling over, and drenching all who are near with the life and fullness of God, trembling to His thoughts, burning with His passion. That is ministry.