Monday, October 27, 2008

What Is the Key To Surviving As A Pastor?

Matt Chandler
speaks truth when he points to Jesus.

"If your hope is set on anything other than Him, how do you survive when it goes bad? How do you remain passionate and vibrant when no one comes or the baptismal waters are still for long stretches?

How do you maintain doctrinal integrity or teach hard things if He isn’t the treasure?

How do you worship when your wife gets sick or your son goes for a ride in an ambulance?

If He is the goal, the treasure, the pursuit, then those things are fuel that presses you into His goodness and grace all that much more. I am not saying they are pleasant or enjoyable but only that if He is your goal you will find your faith sustained.

May God bless you and keep you. May you see that He is the treasure, He is the pursuit, He is the goal…and may you press on toward the goal for the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

That's it. The key is Jesus. The praise of men is fleeting at best. Measuring your worth by nickles and noses will fail you. Checking to see what the "brights" of pastoral ministry do as a way of discerning your abilities is a losing game.

There are days where you come home on Sunday barely touching the ground. And there are days when you don't feel the need to open the door - you could just slither under it.

It has to be Jesus.

He is the goal. His approval is what we seek. His grace is what we live through.

Thanks Matt,for reminding all of us who are privileged to serve Jesus through His Church what we should be looking to.

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