Even in our process of healing, we are still able to minister to others. We take that truth from 2 Corinthians 1:4. It says, “Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
I believe that our greatest impact on others is when we speak to them while we are IN our crucible trial. The Lord is presently giving us insights so that we can navigate and endure. As we speak to others IN their trial, our words are like fresh baked bread. They offer sincere encouragement. The words are filled with empathy for our listener. We are there. They are there. Our ‘there’s’ connect in a way that no one else can. That is the power of ministry. We speak from where we are, to their hearts, that impacts and empowers them with renewed hope.
No one has arrived. Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Progressive sanctification is for every believer. You may be freshly born again, or you may have walked with the Lord for years. It doesn’t matter. All of us are equipped to minister to another because the Equipper is within us.
I can give you account after account where this has been borne out in my own life. This is the reason I read autobiographies and biographies. I want to see how they endured their trials. The insights they share encourage and strengthen me.
We do not have to wait until we are healed! There would never be any ministering to anyone were that the case. Here are Jesus’ words to Peter. In Luke 22:31 Jesus said that satan had asked, “…that he may sift you as wheat.”
Verse 32 says, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” If you remember, Peter denied the Lord three times. Did the Lord restore him? Yes! You can read John 21 to refresh your memory.
1 & 2 Peter are two incredible letters. They are full of encouragement to fellow believers to not give up. Peter’s words came from his crucible trial. Looking at his sifting, 1 Peter 5:8-9 is an essential truth that we need to heed from someone who experienced it.
It says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith…” His warning is real. He experienced the teeth of the ‘lion’ tearing into his fleshly pride.
We all have times of reactions in our fleshly pride. We are not alone in our expressions. 1 Corinthians 10:13 makes two things really clear. Trials are normal. God always takes us through. We are not left stuck in the middle somewhere ~ stranded. No. Nothing is wasted in God’s economy.
Our part is to embrace His uniquely created and orchestrated way for us as an individual. There is no one like you, nor is there anyone like me. We are His for eternity. This earth-time life is His perfect way to make us more like Him so that we can more clearly reflect Him to others.