Involvement with People

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 1:21-34

That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. (vv. 32-33)

A friend described ministry as “involvement with people.” In my years of Christian ministry, I have often thought about that phrase. Of course, this idea of ministry did not originate with my friend. Involvement with people is one of the best descriptions of the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Once his public ministry began, Jesus seemed to almost always have people around him. In today’s Scripture lesson we see him with people in the synagogue of Capernaum, with Simon and Andrew’s family, and with “the whole city,” which had gathered at the door of their house.

Why did they come? Some came just to see what the excitement was all about. Others came obviously for healing. Jesus was their ticket to restored health and they readily wanted to “use” him.

It is the same today. Many people see religion as a matter of crisis. When in trouble, they call on God. Often those who never pray when the sun is shining begin to pray when the cold winds blow. God’s great desire is not to be used but to be loved. In love he reaches out to us and we, in turn, are to love him and our neighbor too. Thus, his ministry becomes our ministry, and always it ought to be one of involvement with people. —John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord, help me to be involved with people so that your ministry might continue through me. Amen.