"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." - Jude 1:21-23 KJV
I really love this passage. It describes ministry so well. This is at the heart ministry.
Compassion that makes a difference. That is what we need, Sometimes we just need some one to yank us out of the fire but once out of those situations this is what we need.
An eternally secure minister can be very weak and still have the strength to grab unto the spotted garment and pull. Why? He or she is kept in the Love of God and moving in the flow of mercy. Despair is a downward spiraling current but mercy is much lighter than what man is make of. Like air bubbles speeding to the surface of water people float by God's mercy. They can inhale it and exhale it like air also if they have a merciful new nature. The old man wants to swim in the depths of self. The new man is made to breathe Heaven's air.
Buoyancy is the upward current of mercy. It takes a person out of self where people are drowning and makes a distinction.
A weak minister is wearing a life vest of mercy. The finished work minister doesn't need to be such a strong swimmer. They look for mercy and know clearly the eternal and complete nature of that mercy.
Jesus' mercy is lighter than the lightest air. His righteousness is whiter than snow. People get trapped in dangerous scarring places. Tethered there by fear, shame and doubt. Those things are no match for the light of God's love and His sharp Word of truth severs those bonds one by one.
There is freedom if we fellowship together in the light of finished work truth. People can be free of the dark confining depths of self and float breathing the air of freedom in the sunshine of God's love.
Ministry pulls people up into what Christ has done and then gives them a finished work life vest. Lastly, It helps them adjust the straps.