Daily Word #13: What Does God Say About Serving Others? Part 1
What is a ministry?
Ministry comes from the same root word as minister (genitive ministri), which means, "inferior, servant, priest's assistant." Therefore a minister is a servant. The meaning of minister is also shown in the bible in, Mark 10:42-45,
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
The word minister in the Greek is "diakanos," which has the same root word for the English word deacon which is found in 1 Timothy 3:10-13. It describes a person chosen from among the congregation to serve others also seen in Acts 6:1-7. Now, the word servant in the Greek is "doulos," which describes a bond servant or slave. However, both are used interchangeably for minister, deacon, or servant several places in Scripture. Therefore, a servant is one whom ministers to and serves others.