Who has 2.3 children? How does one minister to 3/10’s of a person? What does that have to do with Belize or with soul and spirit? Oddly enough it all gets connected this week in Belize.
Hebrews tells us the Word of God can divide soul and spirit. That kind of division can only be done by God. We have no such ability. Our Creator fashioned us as body, soul and spirit. This ought to give us an insight into ministry.
In the minds of some, mission work is preaching. People can be reached that way and many have been. Others want to do the things that improve living conditions. They do construction work, medical work, water purification systems, and other similar projects. They often confine their ‘mission’ to these things. Those things help people. Here is the question:
Do these actions represent whole ministry or fractional ministry?
In this discussion nothing is iron-clad. But let me suggest these represent attempts to minister to part of the person. In large measure they are what I’ll call fractional. Remember the family with 2.3 kids? If we preach we are ministering to the soul. If we address living conditions we are ministering to the body. The spirit (mind) is reached through education. When we see people as God created them we minister to the whole person. We meet physical needs as well as spiritual needs. And when people see God’s message of love and forgiveness they are much more likely to receive it when they hear it preached.
Combining all the aspects of ministry gives us the greatest opportunity to reach the greatest number of people.
And that is where Belize connects these thoughts. Our team is educating in the sewing school and the Mathes Pastor Training School. We are meeting life needs by helping improve health conditions (solar latrine). The hat project will provide needed income to families. We ordered material for construction from vendors in the area. This provides economic help. And, we are sharing the Word with them while doing all the above. We are doing all we can to minister to people as God made them.
And I can assure you people in Belize aren’t that different from the people at home. We need to be ministering to people in all aspects of their lives. Preaching is necessary, but it works better when it comes from those who are also helping to meet the rest of life’s demands. Think about it!
Soli Deo Gloria!