Joy in Ministry

July 24, 2011 — Leave a comment

This is Part 6 of the A Luke 10 Moment series.

Luke 10:1-17

One of the greatest issues of our day is depression. There are teeming thousands of people that are living under a cloud of darkness. One of the greatest temptations we face in these dark times is to turn inward and shut off the outside world.

Elijah did this. After a great victory on Mount Carmel, he sank into a deep depression. Elijah ends up in a deep, dank, and dark cave. Hearing the echo’s of his own cries and pain. But God had a great solution for Elijah’s dilemma. Elijah was instructed to go and anoint three different individuals. This caused Elijah to look beyond himself. This great prophet began to minister to others again. What a great remedy. Don’t focus on yourself, focus on others.

In Luke 10:17, after the disciples came back from ministering to the masses, they returned with joy. Somewhere in the process of pouring themselves out for others, they found joy. Joy was literally in the harvest field. While they blessed – they were blessed.

Isn’t that what Luke 15 is all about? Every time the lost were found, both heaven and earth were full of joy. When you begin to minister to others, you don’t focus on yourself as much. And in the process of helping others, you help yourself.

Joy is found in ministry.