Solitude, Community, Ministry...Burien Evangelical
Solitude, Community and Ministry are the three things in the rhythm of Jesus's ministry that never changed.
Jesus always took time away from everyone to commune with God the Father. Time alone with God is essential for growth in relation to God. It increases our understanding of who He is and who we are in Him. It also gives us clarity about our role in His kingdom and how we are to carry it out. It provides us with the life-giving energy and Spirit powered faith to face a fallen world with peace and grace.
Jesus always took time with his apostles. This is essential for the church. We come together to encourage, to strengthen, to understand, to forgive and be forgiven. We come together to collectively understand the plans God has for us and to pursue implementing those plans as the body of Christ is called.
For Jesus, ministry took many forms. Whether teaching the word of God in the synagogue or in the streets or in the homes of sinners, He spread the word of salvation. Jesus healed the sick and fed the hungry. In all cases, Jesus filled the needs of those in front of Him. For us to follow in His footsteps, we must do the ministry that is right in front of us well, what ever form it takes, whether it is to young families, the homeless, the old, or some other group that needs the love of Jesus, we are to reach the ones right in front of us.