Ministry

In the fourth chapter of Luke we read: "And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them." Immediately! That word arrests the attention at once. There was no waiting to be quite sure whether any of the symptoms of the disease remained. Instead, "she arose and ministered unto them." When once the Christ, Truth, has been perceived, the general feeling is that of wanting to help others. Ministering love does not always mean a practitioner's office, or being a Reader in the church. It may be that the home, at present, is the sphere where the ministry will be of the greatest use, or perhaps the workshop; one's ministry may be the conscientious driving of a railway train, or work in an office, even though one may appear for a time to make no headway.

Each one is holding the power of ministry, now, at this moment, in his hands. We do not read that Peter's wife's mother made her friends wait on themselves while she went to the synagogue to offer praise, or even to her room where she might give thanks. She offered praise through her quiet courtesy. Choosing the more practical way, "she arose and ministered unto them," but who shall say what songs of gratitude filled her heart as she lovingly performed the little tasks that the moment required of her. This does not mean that if an enlarged field for labor presents itself we should hesitate and not be ready and willing to help gather in the harvest, for truly "the labourers are few;" but let us not overlook the seemingly small things, and let us remember the wise advice, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might," through the mighty energy of divine Love.

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