The Lighthouse Keeper: A Beacon of Ministering

Explore the depth of our sacred stewardship’s significance in ministering. Using the metaphor of a lighthouse keeper and the Good Samaritan, this piece emphasizes our stewardship as not just an obligation—it’s an act of serving God.

Let me shine a light on the humble lighthouse keeper, steadfastly stationed in a tower that pierces the skyline. His domain is simple, his duty singular: to ensure the beacon burns brightly, casting its life-saving glow across the dark and treacherous seas. Night after night, without fail, he ascends the winding staircase, reaches the beacon, and fulfills his duty. He understands that the lives of countless sailors navigating the perilous waters depend on this light. Similarly, our duty to minister to those over whom we have stewardship calls us to be as constant and vigilant as this lighthouse keeper.

“But whoso hath this world’s goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” (1 John 3:17)

This verse from 1 John underscores the fundamental essence of ministering. If we possess the means to provide aid, and we discern a need, yet we withhold assistance, can we genuinely profess to have God’s love dwelling within us? Our call to minister is fundamentally a call to embody and express this divine love.

In the New Testament, the parable of the Good Samaritan serves as an impactful illustration of our duty to minister (Luke 10:25-37). In this parable, a man, fallen prey to robbers, is left beaten and dying by the wayside. Passersby, including a priest and a Levite, see the man but choose to ignore him. But then, a Samaritan—a social outsider—comes along. Seeing the fallen man, he does not simply offer a token of sympathy and continue on his way. Instead, he acts, providing the man with much-needed aid. In so doing, he stands as an emblem of Christlike service and love.

This concept is further reinforced in the Doctrine and Covenants, which imparts the understanding that those who have been given stewardship have a sacred obligation to take care of those who have been placed in their charge (D&C 104:13). Therefore, our stewardship is not merely a responsibility or an assignment—it is a sacred trust bestowed upon us, carrying spiritual weight and implications.

Similarly, King Benjamin, in the Book of Mormon, enlightens his people by stating that when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are in the service of our God (Mosiah 2:17). In other words, our stewardship over others, our ministering to their needs, goes beyond merely fulfilling our earthly duties. It is, in truth, an act of serving God.

As we take up our roles as ministers in the Church, let us strive to be like the lighthouse keeper—consistent, dedicated, and constantly ready to provide guidance and support. Let us embody the spirit of the Good Samaritan, not merely observing need but responding with loving service. Our stewardship is more than an assignment—it is a divine opportunity to love, serve, and guide others towards Christ, our ultimate beacon of light.

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