Hey girls, guess what?! I have some exciting news. After blogging here at LYWB for the past few years, I was asked to join the full-time staff at Revive Our Hearts! Today I’m here at the Revive ’13: Women Helping Women Conference in Illinois. It’s been a grand total of five days since my debut in the office, and it’s still really surreal. I’m so excited to be here, and I can’t wait to see how God moves. Since beginning here, I’ve been brought to tears more than once as I’ve been overwhelmed afresh with the kindness of God in bringing me to Niles, Michigan, to live and love here. Oh, and phendricks? She’s my roommate. (I know. Can it get any better than that? I moved in a little over two weeks ago, and she has already been such an immense blessing.)
This is a conference designed to help women in ministry learn how to serve the women around them more effectively. So why am I LIVE blogging for it—and why should you tune in? Many of you are still in school, and you aren’t all leaders in your local youth groups. Isn’t this a conference for a different audience, then?
Not at all. You are “in ministry” if you are “in Christ.” Ministry simply refers to a Christian’s spiritual spillover. This morning, I read 2 Corinthians 5. Paul had this to say about our ministry as believers:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us” (2 Cor. 5:17–20).
Did you catch that? If you’re in Christ, you’re new. If you’re new, you’ve been reconciled—you have peace with God now. If you have peace with Him, you’re now called to the ongoing ministry of reconciliation. You’re an ambassador for Christ. This is my first week in a “full-time ministry job,” but from God’s perspective, I’ve been in full-time ministry since He saved me when I was thirteen—and so have you.
You don’t need a title or a position; ministry isn’t what happens during a day job anyway, from 9 to 5. Your whole life is set-apart for God. He’s strategically placed young women in your life, who you have relationships with, who need your ministry of reconciliation. He didn’t put Nancy Leigh DeMoss and edavis and phendricks in their lives face to face. He put you.
The first session is at 2 p.m., and you can LIVE stream the conference free here. If you’ve ever wanted to be better equipped to help the friends in your life who are hurting, I think you’ll be edified by these messages.
If you’re actually here physically, I’d love to meet you! I’ll be sitting in the back during the main sessions with a laptop, so you’ll be able to pick me out easily.