How many of us are involved in a ministry that is for a specific gender, age group or place in life?
I know my lil corner here is gender specific and is geared towards women that are wives and/or mothers.
When we are ministering are we so set on reaching our targeted audience that we miss someone else who comes along? Someone that begs just a moment of our time?
Jesus was the busiest person ever to walk this earth. He dealt with physical, emotional and spiritual challenges just as we do.
In Mark 7:24-30, we find Jesus seeking to be alone. Yet He could not be hidden.
“And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs. And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.”
The mother comes begging freedom for her child, yet she is not a Jew. The specific chosen people of God, that Jesus was to seek and save.
Jesus states that God’s chosen children were first to be cared for. That was His goal.
She says that Him healing her daughter would be like a crumb compared to all He was completing in His ministry to the Jews.
Jesus “tosses the crumb” and heals her daughter because of her statement.
As we’re going through our days and our ministries, may we keep our eyes open to those who are in need, even if they don’t fit into our specific ministry.