After almost four decades of ministry, I begin to ask myself, “am I a loving and healthy pastor/leader?”
Sometimes pastoral leadership becomes difficult. There are church people that I call “grace growers.” You need to extend lots of grace. Then I am always being brought back to the teaching about LOVE in 1 Corinthians 13:4,7. Love is patient. Love perseveres. I always use this as an illustration during wedding ceremonies, but do I really practice and live this out in my life?
GOD is holy. His standard has never changed. He requires holiness from those who serve Him. James 3:1 says that
“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with great strictness.” Those are hard and strong words for me.
Some comforting words come from prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 3:15: “And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Wow, reminds me of my calling.
Jesus is The Good Shepherd. When confronted with insults,
he trusted himself into the hands of The Good Father and placed confidence in the ultimate triumph of GOD. “When they hurled insults at him, he did not retaliate...” (1 Peter 2:23).
I think the compelling reason is Jesus love towards humanity. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Pastors and leaders, we should not stop doing good and extending grace. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 says to “never tire of doing what is right.”
GOD is serious about his work. It should be done his way. As Hudson Taylor once said, “God’s work, done God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.”
For 2019 I made a resolve, by GOD’s grace, to always live in purity. Try my best to be a man of integrity. Not to live a double life – one of sacredness in public but sinfulness in private.
So help me GOD.
Please let us pray for our pastors and leaders.