I was reminded and challenged once again by my professors with the question of what the bulk of ministry requires of individuals: Dying. That pretty much sums up ministry in a nut shell. We have to die to our peoples in order to serve them – Even when it means people constantly are complaining, constantly gossiping, constantly saying things without ever lifting a finger. We have to die to our pride. We have to die to our snarky come backs when we want to respond to a hostile comment. We have to die to our reputation. We have to die to our own visions and dreams, so that the vision and dream of the church grows. All of it is about dying to ourselves so that Christ would reign in those moments where we don’t really feel like dying. We die to ourselves, because Christ has already died for us. Welcome to ministry.
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.