Transform My Mess Into A Ministry
Day 4 | Transform My Mess Into A Ministry
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, ESV.
As a parent, you get trapped in seasons of messiness. If you have kids, you likely live with messiness. You ever walked into your kid's room and said, "This room is a mess"? You ever walked in and seen, toys laying on the floor, and especially Legos, those evil little Legos, that you step on in the middle of the night! Ever walked in a seen a wet towel or swimsuit just tossed on the bed? Clothes seem to be tossed everywhere! Undies go flying, get stuck on the ceiling fan, and finally come flying off!" You ever been there? Well, I can imagine God sees our lives a little like that at times, our lives are a mess, and he says wow! "This life is a mess." But he doesn't get angry and threaten his kids, he says, I am ready to help you transform this mess into something magnificent!
One of the greatest joys of being a Christian for me is the amazing hope that we have as Christian. No matter what you've done or what's been done to you, no matter how far you feel away from God, you're never too far from God's love and power. He can transform anyone and do the impossible. He can turn a bad situation for good; he can turn a problematic past into a powerful ministry. I've often said, when I hear of someone slipping off the deep end of life, "They are working on their testimony." Yes, they will need repentance, but more than anything, they need God himself to work in their lives and transform them into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) and develop a powerful testimony to share with others.
The Apostle Paul, new what transformation was all about. He knew God's power and love; he knew first hand how God could turn a bad situation for good. In his letter to the church of Corinth, we discover how he was able to keep up his ministry efforts despite being so overwhelmed at times. He started first by praising God ( 2 Cor. 1:3) He then shared how God comforted him ( 2 Cor. 1:4a) and then how he was able to comfort others who had gone through similar circumstances.
So many times in the church, you find leaders that have gone through tough times, weathered the storm, and have a ministry to help others do the same. For some, it's helping others get their family back on track, the marriage, or parenting. If you are single, God wants to use you to minister to other singles; if you were able to find God's comfort as a young mom, God might be calling you to bring comfort to other new moms. If you're an adoptive parent or blended family that's made it through, God could call on you to help others.
Maybe you got yourself into a mess of debt, and now God could calling you to help others. Or perhaps you've struggled with an addiction for years, and yet you've been free and clean for a year or more now! God could call you to help others experience the joy and freedom of sobriety.
He good news is that God won't waste anything. He will use everything in your life. He knows how to put it all together for some sovereign purpose. So today, if you are hurting and willing to invite God to bring hope and healing into your life. You can trust that he will use you in the life of someone else. Be open and prayerful, asking God to reveal to someone in your life that needs to help. God wants to work through you to give the same comfort he gave to you to someone else. Just be ready and willing to go. Hold on to hope knowing that God can turn any mess into a ministry.