Kh. Karen and I got a cup of coffee a couple of weeks ago at Chestnut Lane Cafe. They were very busy when we ordered our coffees and they told us have a seat. They made our coffees and brought them to us. We enjoyed them and went home. When I got home I realized that, in the confusion, we had not paid. So, I called the owner up and she decided that I would just pay double next time I was in. I went back very soon and she told me that she knew she could trust me to pay because I was a priest. She asked me what kind of priest I was. This is always a little confusing. So I gave it to her straight, “I am an Antiochian Orthodox Priest.” And she looks at one of her employees and asked whether or not that is the same as their restaurant consultant. And it was. And here is my point: The restaurant consultant shared not only her business expertise but some about her life and faith. This is a wonderful example of what it means to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. The consultant not only entered into the life of the café but shared herself and her faith.
1 Peter refers to all of us as members of the royal priesthood. We are all called to be apostles with our families, co-workers, in our communities. “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” 1 Thes. 2:8
This reminds me of the Russian Orthodox Priest that ABC International News introduced the world to this past week. I put it up on my blog here.
What is your ministry? There may be a specific call from God on you and your life but it is certainly right where you find yourself. Your family, your coworkers – all those who the Lord has given you, are your ministry. Make no mistake they are yours. What are you doing as a royal priest to live out this call on your life?