Once upon a time two disciples named James and John, they came to Jesus and asked for a favor; grant us that we may sit one on your right hand and the other on your left!
Jesus smiled at them and said “guys you don’t know what you are asking for. Can you drink the cup that I drink and be baptized with the baptism that I’m baptized with?
They do not understand what it mean by drinking the cup or being baptized; so they just said yes!
But Jesus continued, you guys are thinking like ‘gentiles’, like the rulers of ‘gentiles’; asking for the left and right position in the public. But here things are different; whoever wants to be the first shall be the slave of all; and whoever desires to become the great shall be the servant!
Two thousand years have passed; and we are thinking no different than James or John; whoever wants to be the first, try all means to be the first; and whoever wants to be the great, buy and market greatness!
But for me, an eleventh hour decision, at the age of 35 years as a family person, with wife kid and a profession, it was extremely painful to decide whether I’m eligible for this ministry. But now, after being a deacon and serving God for the last one and a half years, I really mean it; I am committed to the service; to serve the God and humankind and not to be served!
The Gospel reading on the day of ordination highlights Jesus’ mission statement prophetically from Isaiah 61, and He confirmed it in Luke 4 at which time He began His public ministry. “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn” (Isaiah 61:1, 2).
However, I am just like anyone else here, a human being with limited energy, limited resources, limited intelligence and capabilities. And I do not think that I am going to revolutionize the church society or the youths. Perhaps, I would be happy with the micro gains; if just one fellow being/ a small community/ an under privileged or minority group is getting something out of my service, I am contented and happy.
Please keep my ministry, my family and me in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you very much. May God bless!