By: Jana Greene
If I were privy to the secret of living forever (and given coping mechanisms to live this life to the fullest) but withheld that secret from other people, I would be a pretty sh*tty individual.
But that’s all ministry is.
I once asked a very candid question to a pastor who I respect a great deal.
“Okay,” I said. “To live victoriously, what percent of my sh*t do I have to have together? Ten percent? Fifty? Ninety-nine?”
“Zero,” he replied. “Exactly zero percent.”
“Yeah, but...” I continued.
But I swear some. I think unkind thoughts at times. I yell at people who drive slow in the passing lane. I get frustrated with people on ‘the wrong side’ of political debate. I struggle with food mightily, and a plethora of other issues….
The pastor remained adamant. It’s GRACE, he said. It is finished.
Jesus never once said that in order to serve, we have to have it all together. His disciples were quite a mess, and He CHOSE them. He could have chosen the “holy men” of the day, but he steered clear of those others deemed pious and righteous.
He can use me. He can use you, right where you are. Most days, I AM the ‘one percent’ at having it together…..yet sitting on all the wealth of Christ.
I’m done telling myself I cannot be in “ministry” until I get a certain percent of my sh*t together. Because just when I gain a percentage point for NOT going on a cookie bender, I lose a point for swearing. It’s exhausting, that theology…and the numbers don’t ever crunch just the right way.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, people are desperate for a God who loves them beyond imagination.
A God who isn’t into percentage math.
A God who isn’t looking to cut me a commission, but who considers we messy ones THE Great Commission.
A God so big that human rules cannot contain Him.
It isn’t being perfect or trying to deceive people. It isn’t about striving to “get it right” or about judging others.
It’s being given the key to overcome even death and being willing to make copies of that precious unlocking device so others can get in on what God desires for them.
And being willing to show the property to people who don’t even desire a key. Ministry is showing the property, so to speak.
How else will folks know there is a venue for a love so full?
The Kingdom of God is within us. Literally.
He is CHOOSING you right now.
And you don’t have to have one single iota of your sh*t together before following Him.
I’m grateful for that.