Ministering to Jesus

By Anne Graham Lotz   •   January 31, 2014

Ministering to Jesus

Have you ever been consciously aware that you were being ministered to? As I look back on 2013, that’s one of the experiences that stands out. at the end of October, my husband, Danny, was rushed to the hospital for what was the beginning of a two-month marathon of hospitalization and rehabilitation. During those difficult days, friends would call or come by to check on us, sit with us, pray with us, talk to us … they ministered love and encouragement and comfort to us. Nurses and CNAs, as well as doctors, would not only care for Danny’s physical needs, they intentionally joked with him or exhorted him or quietly slipped in and out so as not to disturb him. They ministered to him.

After more than two months in the hospital and in rehab, Danny came home on Dec. 27. I find myself now counting pills, doing laundry, fixing meals, scheduling appointments and supervising home health care. While being busier than I ever have been, I also try to be intentional about reading Scripture to him, praying for him in his hearing, encouraging him through words and deeds, and hosting dinners with friends and family he enjoys. I find myself in the role of ministering to my husband.

And that has made me wonder … are we to minister to Jesus? And if so, what does ministry to Him, not just for Him, look like?

Our Ministry to Him

The Ministry of Practice

What was one of the fundamental roles of the priest in the Old Testament according to Exodus 28:41? Deuteronomy 10:8? (NKJV)

Look up the word ministry or minister in the dictionary and write out the definition that seems appropriate.

What do you think it means to minister to the Lord through your deeds and actions? See 1 John 3:17-18, Matthew 25:31-40 and Romans 15:15-17.

How are you ministering to Jesus through your practical deeds for others?

The Ministry of Prayer

What do you learn about the ministry of prayer from the following passages? 1 Kings 8:35-40, 54-61; 2 Chronicles 7:13-15; Acts 12:1-11; Ephesians 6:18-20; Philippians 1:18-21.

Who has entered into a ministry of prayer on your behalf?

Give a word or phrases that are the same or similar in each of the following passages: 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Romans 1:9-10, 2 Timothy 1:3 and Colossians 4:12.

What do you need to change or adjust so that you cultivate a consistent, constant prayer life?

How are our prayers described in Revelation 5:8?

Relate Revelation 5:8 to Revelation 8:4, Exodus 30:8 and Malachi 1:11. What does this mean to you?

If your prayers are like sweet incense to Him, how fragrant is your prayer life?

The Ministry of Praise

What is one of God’s purposes in choosing us to belong to Him, according to Ephesians 1:3-6?

How is this purpose repeated in Ephesians 1:11-12?

Give phrases from the following verses that indicate our praise of Him is a ministry to Him: 1 Chronicles 23:5, 28-31; 2 Chronicles 8:12-14, 30:21; Habakkuk 3:17-19; Hebrews 13:15; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 4:5-8 and 8:3-4.

If possible, locate a hymnal and read the words of your favorite hymn as your song of praise to the Lord. Or use one of David’s Psalms, such as Psalm 19 or Psalm 33, as your song of praise.

In your own words, write out your prayer of praise as your ministry to the Lord.

The Ministry of Presence

How did the women of Matthew 27:55-56, Luke 23:44-49 and John 19:25 minister to Jesus?

What do you think it means to bear the burdens of others? See Galatians 6:2.

How does God do this for us, according to Psalm 68:19?

In what way can you offer Him the ministry of presence by offering it to others?

How can you offer your presence to the Lord? Read Genesis 19:27, Leviticus 9:5-6, 2 Chronicles 20:13, Psalm 46:10 and Habakkuk 2:1.

Take a few moments today and sit quietly before the Lord in prayer, telling Him you are available for whatever He wants to say to you. Then listen. Write down the thoughts that come to your mind. Then pray them back to the Lord.

His Ministry to Us

The quietly thrilling truth is that while we minister to Him, He ministers to us.

The Ministry of Practice

Put Isaiah 64:4 into your own words. What do you think God could not do for you? What would He do, if you would ask?

What are some of the things He has said He will do for us in Psalm 84:11? Isaiah 40:28-31? Isaiah 41:10? Romans 8:32?

The Ministry of Prayer

Describe Jesus’ present ministry from Hebrews 7:25. What does it mean to you to know that Jesus is praying for you today?

What role does Jesus play in securing answers to your prayers? See John 16:23.

The Ministry of Praise

Write out Zephaniah 3:17 in your own words, substituting your name for the personal pronouns.

What does this mean to you?

The Ministry of Presence

When does God promise to be present in our lives, according to Isaiah 43:1-2? Psalm 23:4? Matthew 28:19-20? Hebrews 13:5-6?

According to the dictionary, ministering means to do things that are needful or helpful; to aid. We minister to Jesus when we serve or help others as we would serve or help Him. When we do, ministry becomes our joy. I know …

So this Valentine’s Day, as you send out cards or do things for those you love, take time to reflect on how you can offer the gift of ministry to Him. Then do it. And as you do it, open your heart to receive His valentine of ministry to you. Your joy will be complete.

©2014 Anne Graham Lotz

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36 Comments

  1. Patrick says:

    Dear Anne Graham Lotz, Valentines Day is a special day where love is shared with others. Not just with an intimate relationship with a spouse, but with other people we share our lives with such as mom, dad, siblings and co-workers. Remaining disciplined to communicate the love we have for our many relationships may go slack. Your scriptural guide provides me strength to take up that slack, so I my boast of what pertains to Christ as I perform the priestly service of sharing the Gospel of Love to sustain my loving relationship with God, Jesus Christ, my family members, siblings and co-workers.

  2. Debbie says:

    I have had so much peace reading the Bible Study in Decision Magagazine by Anne Graham Lotz. One of her studies was When the Wicked Flourish which seems to be happening to our culture in America. Do not Fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong’ for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take Delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:1-4 A friend also referred me to Proverbs 6: 16 which really describes how God looks at sin. There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a man who stirs up dissension among the brothers.

  3. Sam Bradshaw says:

    Hi Miss Ann I have read through your ministering from Jesus. But I am going
    Back and study this. I have been looking for this kind of study . God has bless me throught this reading God bless. I am looking forward to the next study. Thanks Sam B

  4. Debbie La Senna says:

    Thank you for you for your ministery. i can minister to Jesus and read the Bible daily and pray and praise him everyday.

  5. Judy Bteakwell says:

    Thank you Anne for your Ministry. You are truly a blessing and wonderful servant of The Lord. My prayers for you & your family & for Danny’s return to better health. God’s real blessings.

  6. elsie coleman says:

    Thank you Anne Graham Lotz for allowing Jesus to live in you and through you.

  7. Jean Aschman says:

    This was so awesome – I guess I never think about ministering to Yeshua – I always believer that when I praise him and thank him that is all that is necessary. Thank you for this article and I will read and re-read and study for a while to come. Blessings.

  8. Opal S. Stephens says:

    Anne, I love ministering to others, so today;s lesson was exactly what I needed. God is so faithful and wants to hear our prayers of praise and needs. Thank you for all you do to help others understand His word. You will be in my prayers as you minister to your dear husband.

  9. Jean Young says:

    Thank you for another inspirational post. I pray for Danny and you in his recuperation.

  10. Arlene Kolb says:

    I am printing this so I can work on this during my devotion time. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope your husband is doing better. Love your father. Has there been an update on him.
    Arlene Kolb