This weekend I got to spend time doing something I really enjoy. I spent time at Concordia University Ann Arbor at an event I spent four years serving and investing in to help students grow in faith. It was a joy to take students to this event this year, but it was probably more special to me because my daughter was able to attend the event as well. This weekend was definitely the high of the week.
The problem with ministry much like life is that it is filled with far too many lows and not nearly enough highs. You see the whole week leading up to the event is spent in the mundane of meetings, meetings, reading, meetings…did I mention meetings. It was a long week. Thankfully, it was a fulfilling time in life and ministry.
I think I discovered why it was so fulfilling based on the Gospel lesson for last Sunday. John 3:16 is one of those texts that is very powerful and although it gives me great hope I think the important part of the verse is the story leading up to it, John 3:1-15. The story brings images of the symbol of us living in darkness and Jesus being our light. I love how Jesus reminds us of the point of this season in the Church year, His cross.
We, as the Church and disciples of God are called to point His people to the cross. At Tool Time, I got to experience a group of students leading an event dedicated to leading students to that cross (this is not an altar call moment). What I mean is these students were constantly showing the students I serve, Jesus. Whether it was small groups, general session speakers, or time in the chapel for offerings, the goal of the weekend was to show them Jesus’ love. It wasn’t about awesome bands, or great sets, servant events, or funny skits. All those things were about pointing kids to Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
This week reminded me of something so important in my ministry and my life. It is how I should judge everything I do with students, with my family, and with those I meet. I should say to myself did I show them Jesus? Did I point them to the cross? No matter how you do this, no matter what vocation God has called you to serve in, remember our call as the people of Christ is to point them to Jesus. I want to point them to His life, death, and resurrection so that we might have that eternal life hear on earth and in the life to come.