"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well," - I Thess. 2:8
I've been thinking about this verse for several days now. What does it mean to minister? to serve? to be about building the Kingdom of God in this world?
I think this is what it means - if I'm not looking for ways to share my life with those that I minister to, investing myself into others, then it's probably busy work. Most of it will be ashes on the floor when I stand before God one day (I Cor. 3:10-15).
And there's the kicker. It's hard to invest my life. It's much easier to invest my money; even my time and my energy - but to invest my life? Then I can get hurt, I can be rejected. It gets messy. People are messy. I am messy.
But - I think that's what it means.
So, I'm looking at what I spend my money, time, energy on - to see if I'm investing me - or investing right up to that point that I have to become vulnerable, and then stopping.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.