Group: N. Idaho TeaM
Ginny: I would like to ask the teachers about ministry being so hard. Am I doing the right thing? Is this what it's all about?
It is purposeful, your current engagement in ministry. As you know from experience your opportunities for outreach appear on the heels of attainment in your own right. The qualifications you have acquired are immediately serviceable to those around you. The difficulty you experience is not due to your relative level of preparedness, for that is given; you are prepared. It is more that the arena within which you are functioning in ministry is new and therefore unsettling.
Michael was our best example of technique in outreach, for his simple method was keen interest in the individual he sought to bring closer to the Father. That interest impacted the soul of the one he sought to reach more than his words. Your opportunity is a two-fold blessing, for you are engaged with Michael in reaching another in his flock, one of the strayed sheep. You know his story of how the Father delights to seek for the lost single sheep while the other ninety nine who are close to Him remain behind, that He may bring to fullness all who could and will be in His fold.
Concomitant with your effort to bring understanding and knowledge and insight to the table for nourishment of another soul, there is the function of the flow of spirit, that water of life, the drink that accompanies the nourishment. This intangible spirit association is detected super-consciously by you and the one to whom you reach. In your experiential background you can note times when you have felt this infusion, this enfoldment, and the guidance associated with the presence. Trust ever and always the surety of this divine overcare. Picture a bucket on a pivot hinge balanced such that when it is empty it's upright, but when it's full it tips and empties its content. You have been filled with a degree of wisdom and experience and are now able to tip and let that life-giving water flow into the empty bucket below. That becomes a gift to another and a gift to you as you return upright to receive anew. The friction, the difficulties, are only the pivoting in order to give. The transfer is the work of spirit.
You all have been taught that you will teach those just a little behind yourself and will be taught by those just a little advanced from you. This holds true. There are unique situations, as you are encountering, wherein a soul is reaching for a level and steps out of step with the path the soul has been taking. There is a chasm that must be crossed. This is more difficult to approach, for it is not the sequential manner of one lesson being taught by another who has learned it but rather to bridge from one paradigm to another. You are recruited to this opportunity because you are prepared with the necessary ingredients to assemble that bridge and expedite the crossing to bring that individual to the experiential step of growth where they would have been under more ideal circumstances. You will not be able to backtrack, to retrace steps of a journey that has tangented away from an expeditious course of growth.
Be alert for any springboard, any comment, any expressed wish, hope, or even grievance that may open discussion of conceptual considerations that you have comprehended and are adept at expressing that could be that shunt which will allow the one you seek to serve to make that crossover.
If you picture a vertical line, the path of ascent to the Father that all individuals must make, everyone has a vertical line of their own that is less than the ideal plumb path of ascent. Each of us lies near, to some degree, that perfect course. There is where spirit enfolds all to draw us in to that ideal ascension. Some have let their lines tip to extremes away from that smooth course of growth; some with keen intellects and demanding emotions which, while powerful tools for growth, can also inhibit growth with the lure of deviation. This is what I mean by 'you will not be able to back up', to go down that line to the starting point to rise in a more ideal manner. You will need to look for the crossover to help that individual adjust to the proximity of a better ascent.
I hope I have been helpful.
Ginny: Thank you very much.
When Jesus was with Ganid they met a person whom he decided not to help. His associates asked why. He said because he knew that person couldn't be helped. At another time Jesus helped a youth in the hills because he knew he was receptive. How do we develop a more delicate sense of when people are open to our help?
Helena: As you know from your studies that Jesus became a keen observer of all mankind and sought to introduce himself to all manner of personalities that he possibly could within the constraints of his environs. This training of his taught him the skills of discernment. The one to whom he gave no counsel was due to his ability to discern drawn from prior encounters of those of like orientation. He did make comment to Ganid that this individual needed a critical experience to cause the desire for fellowship with their party, Jesus and Ganid, such that this individual could catch the flavor and become hungry from the spiritual aroma of those walking in the light. He knew the time was not right.
Your situation today is more like the one in the hills who is extremely hungry but lost in just how to go about filling that need. Notice how Jesus worked the situation to bring about the recognition of the proper and helpful path for that young fellow to take.
In summary I would say that bringing yourself into contact with a variety of personalities will sharpen your discernment for effective outreach, and any particular episode -- this current one being a good example -- you may have a relative degree of success and experience that fulfillment. Or it may be the step towards a more critical future contact ministry, this one a building block for you as much as it would be a teaching and learning experience for the other.
You use this word in two ways that are applicable to service. When you are approaching an organization that you wish to be enlisted in, a business, a college, you submit an application. It is reviewed; you are interviewed, and you receive acceptance or perhaps not. This is the first step in the mode of ministry, that 'ask and you shall receive'. I observe that my friends and students in my tutelage have given application wholeheartedly; the forms are thoroughly filled out, and you are all eager to be placed in assignment. This is the first step, the application in the form of asking.
Now I observe a hunger to apply yourselves, to take your comprehension, to bridle your longings, and to apply them in healing ministry, in educational ministry, in counseling ministry. This is the application of expression. It is likewise the answer to your prior asking, for in this dynamic of 'ask and you shall receive', you in your application of your experience in outreach becomes the reception, the answer, to your petition.
The Most Highs rule in the kingdom of men when mankind engages in the ministry of the Most Highs. The Father works in the lives of those about you when you are the means whereby the Father makes contact. When you all ascend into the morontia realities, you will be housed in vehicles with sensory abilities that will be far more conducive to spiritual sensibilities. There will be greater harmony with the divine spirit even before fusion on a scale that to you this day would seem as good as fusion itself. The great preacher Paul spoke of looking through a dark glass. This is the condition of the souls encased in physical bodies. It takes effort to reach the realm of spirit. It takes great faith and trust, the willingness through doubt, and to not experience reward. Those who have attained that assurance of spirit association are the very individuals that the celestial ministers on this planet seek out as contact individuals for the others in your life.
All of you were brought to a deeper desire to discover the Father because of some or several individuals in your lives who manifested this association with spirit. It would be a delight to all the indwelling spirits that the Father has bestowed upon this world if everyone could look within, realize the presence, and enter into fellowship. That is more likely to happen in a morontia realm. Here, however, the reach inward often begins with a reach outward to another in one's daily arena of activities. Until the inner experiences awaken, you may be the only divine fragment that the other individual experiences. This is the reason for the importance of stillness. Indeed, it is important to have that fellowship, creature with Creator, but it is also important for that fellowship to be manifest from the creature in communion with the Creator to another creature who seeks that association. Your time of stillness is a time of service, of preparation. Indeed, being alone in the hills with the Father can be uplifting to the weary soul, but it is also directly associated with outreach to the multitudes. Though Jesus stood upon a rock and could speak to a crowd the truths of the kingdom of heaven, he did more for those who sought his counsel those times he spent alone with the Father, for the illumination of the truths within him became the guiding light for those gathered about him.
To return to my topic, being alone in the hills with the Father is your application to be engaged in ministry and He will accept. Then you must, as I know you are willing, apply yourselves to the needs of the many who are surrounding you in your daily life. You may not stand upon a rock and preach to multitudes, but you will have just as great an impact to touch the soul of one as if you were to touch the souls of many. You know that Michael was very aware of this principle, for the many would abandon him at the slightest disappointment. It is the few who held true in loyalty and trust that he cherished, though he would never grow weary of seeking whoever wished to enter into the kingdom. He did hold dear to his heart those who were, and today are, wholeheartedly seeking that entrance and engagement.
If there are other questions, I would receive them at this time.
Evelyn: I guess there aren't.
Elyon: I will then draw a close in prayer:
To our divine counselor, the Infinite Father of love, we seek the keen orientation that Michael exhibited while dwelling upon this world Urantia of desiring to be about Your will and the patience of knowing when his hour had come. Granted that each of us as individuals is not engaged in a bestowal mission of epochal significance, we may not have an hour; we may have a minute. May we be observant when that time has come and set down our tools and be about Your business.
May we be emboldened in the awareness that the significance of our mission is shared by a multitude of personalities, that where sixty minutes are gathered an hour has arrived. Let us draw our strength in this association knowing fully of Your ever constant indwelling presence.