By Josh Hunt
May we operate under these three assumptions regarding ministry?
1. We're all called and equipped ministers.
2. We often don't get to minister to people as we want them to be. We must minister to them as they are.
3. We often don't get to minister to people as we want to be. We must minister to them as we are.
If you buy into all that, you realize also that in this simultaneously beautiful and terrifying calling called discipleship, we must constantly throw ourselves on the mercy of one another. Like the defendant who throws himself on the mercy of the court, this is our only viable option as — for lack of better terms — dispensers and consumers of ministry.
It's the only way we make it through. We must keep one another — not in the sense that we hold onto one another, though we must do that, too.
We must keep one another in the same way a barkeep takes care of the business, the way a keeper of a lighthouse takes care of the lamp.
We keep one another. We must help one another stay useful and beneficial to the Kingdom, in spite of the miles that are between who we are and who we are called to be.
Even as you are, you deserve to do some keeping. Even as you are, you deserve to be kept.
-Josh Hunt is pastor of Ross Grove Baptist Church in Shelby, N.C.