“Doing ministry is a wonderful way to hide from God.”
That famous statement was repeated last week in an excellent sermon given by a very gifted preacher of our Annual Conference. The sentence may be surprising – even disturbing – but I find it true.
Being busy with God’s work – and calling other people to join in it – can sometimes seem to prevent us from developing our own relationship with the Lord.
But God is the One who wants us to be open and vulnerable. Adam and Eve were ashamed of themselves but God approaches them as a friend and enters into dialogue with them. The generous grace of God always seeks us out.
I know what it is like to be so busy with ministry that while I don’t deliberately seek to hide from Jesus, I don’t give him very much of my own undivided attention. And, again, I don’t think that’s a unique experience. All of us, lay and clergy, are called to do ministry, are also called to give some of ourselves to cultivate our own interior spiritual life.
So I pray for the clergy and laity of the Capital District that God gives us the grace to seek Jesus’ face, to spend time in our own discipleship and to grow into the likewise of Christ. I pray that for you. Please let me know if I can help you in your own formation. And please pray for me to grow too.
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. [I Timothy 2:1]
Grace and peace,
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