As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them (Acts 13:2, KJV)
When we think of ministry, we often think about how we meet the spiritual and physical needs of other people. Yes, this is ministry, but there is an aspect of ministry many believers are not yet familiar with though they are already doing it. It is ministering not to people but to the Lord Himself. This is the higher dimension of ministry mentioned in Acts 13:2 above, stating the Apostles ministered to the Lord.
Ministering to men essentially means serving and meeting their needs. This is the central idea behind the “lower dimension” of ministry. God is self-sufficient and does not have needs as we humans do. So the concept of meeting needs cannot be transferred to understand what it means to minister to the Lord.
In John 4:23, Jesus said the Father is seeking true worshippers to worship Him. This is an intriguing statement. There is something God wants from us, that touches His heart. This should not be surprising to you, as our Father also desires to be in relationship with us. Ministering to the Lord simply means bringing the spiritual offering or sacrifices of our service, worship, praise, fellowship, which is acceptable and pleasant to our Father’s heart. Yes, you can minister to Him. When you pray, for example, there is a fellowship between Father-child the Lord so much cherishes!
What is the main idea behind the phrase “ministering to the Lord”? How is it different from the “lower dimension” of ministering to men?
APPLY THE WORD
Have you been ministering to the Lord? Ministering to men is good, but there is a higher minister you should engage in! Let your heart forever be an altar of worship, praise, thanksgiving and sweet fellowship to delight the heart of the Father!
Ask the Spirit to help you engage in this dimension of ministry like never before!