Fantastic answers! A few summarizing thoughts…
Ministry is loving God and others expressed by serving God and others. Realizing our identity as vessels of Christ’s life and power, we recognize His image in others and give, pour, and release His life and power as a conduit of His life poured into us. Hearing His voice, we reflect the work of the Spirit by expressing our faith in obedience to His words. The kingdom is expanded as we participate in redemption and reconciliation when we compassionately meet the needs we encounter by bringing the life of Christ we embody into the situation.
A couple of things that stood out to me…
- Our identity as servants or ministers
- Embodiment or incarnation of Christ’s life
- A holistic, life-encompassing view of ministry as worship
If we see God in every aspect of life and do everything for the love of God, how does that effect our definition of ministry? If we say that everything is ministry, does that diminish the truth of what ministry actually is?
At what point do our everyday activities become ministry?