6 But we have gifts that differ and which are meant to be used according to the grace that has been given to us. [source] Romans 12.
Scalpels and shotguns
Scalpels – up close and personal
Shotguns – spray everything in range
Yesterday sharing some hours with one young enough to be my daughter, I learned some things. I’m a shotgun. She’s a scalpel. Not to say I do not wield a scalpel on an occasion and she a shotgun; we just normally don’t – ministerially speaking that is.
We said in the Body of Christ we have different callings and ways of ministering that calling; one not better than the other; one not more important than the other; just different and both acceptable one to the another, now.
Such an understanding between others in the Body of Christ, I think would free up some of us, affirm some of us, relieve and set aside some criticism.
My sister’s ministry MOS is to love everybody, right where they are, no judgments, no condemnation, not even any preaching unless they ask questions. She’s quiet, calm, accepting, loving, walk along with you in your struggle – live out JESUS the best she knows how. Some might misunderstand her. Some might think she’s soft on sin. She’s not! Just easy on the sinner. There’s a place for her in the Body of Christ and we shotguns understand better now.
And the Scalpel? She now appreciates my shotgun for the calling it is; loud and out there for anybody and everybody, like it or not here it is. How this shotgun is passionate about rampant global sin. Sin that I take personally, not as an affront to me but as a deadly disregard for my DADDY GOD and added to that is His commission to me (Matthew 28:18-20); not as judge, jury and executioner but as a doctor who is desperate to see the patient live, knowing the only saving way is to extricate those malignant tumors, some which are fast growing and contagious, others slower paced but just as deadly.
She said I get it now. That primary passion, it’s out there, campaign stump broadcasting, big picture, world view that trickles down to individuals and affects them mightily, even deadly so. You have to say it, you have to broadcast it. It’s a burning in your soul. Go for it! Don’t stop. Load and fire at HIS WILL.
And she the scalpel, to her what’s out there (that global rampant sin) has nothing to do with her, what you do doesn’t change who she is, you can be you with her, she will still love you and help you. She will get her hands and knees dirty for you. And IF the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD preps you and tells her He has yes then she will share what the Bible says about your sins, otherwise she’s just expecting you see that she is His disciple by her love for you. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.[source]
A scalpel. One thing about a scalpel for it to do its proper healing work there has to be a willing patient; one who has placed quiet confidence in the doctor with the scalpel. That’s her. That’s what she’s aiming for, people she can love long enough and well enough that they will see JESUS in her and ask Him to be real to them too; that’s her way of ministry, most of the time. 🙂
The shotgun. Well, the shotgun hopes the loud and sometimes hot blast will send someone, many someones, scurrying to the Great Physician for the healing of the wounds the shotgun blast revealed; you see the shotgun’s casings are packed only with salt, not hot lead. 🙂
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Now that we know we have shotgun and scalpel ministries in the Body of Christ — would any of y’all be inclined to give us an analogy of your ministry means?
Until Next Time ~ ~ ~ Kathie
Kathie Whitestone Thompson
Follower of Christ. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother. Some call me a teacher. Some say I'm a prayer warrior. A few accredit me with some writing skills. Me? I say I'm a work in slow progress, looking for perfection in eternity and until then having all the holy fun I know how.