Pastors: Play the Long Game and Keep Your Chins Up

The Aquila Report | 1/14/2018 | Staff
shankay (Posted by) Level 3
Isn’t this a commentary on the deceptiveness of the heart? Ministers who preach the sovereignty of God and labor for the glory of God can be found huddling in the shade of our own Babel or the dust cloud of personal disappointment.

The ministry is a tricky thing for pastors. When things seem to go well, we can be tempted to think we have it all together, and when a rocky patch emerges, we can feel like total failures.

Fulcrum - Scenarios - Problem - Selfishness - Commentary

The fulcrum in both scenarios reveals the problem: our selfishness. Isn’t this a commentary on the deceptiveness of the heart? Ministers who preach the sovereignty of God and labor for the glory of God can be found huddling in the shade of our own Babel or the dust cloud of personal disappointment.

Too often we as pastors get caught up in measuring our faithfulness by reading the church’s stat sheet. Like those in politics and business, we can go up and down based on how we look on paper. In the church, inordinate attention is placed on offerings, attendance, baptisms, and professions of faith. It seems neither healthy nor wise to hitch our understanding of faithfulness solely to the wagon of statistics.

Success - Service - Fruit - Ministry - Things

Measuring the success of one’s service based primarily on what we can see is deceptive, because most of the fruit in our ministry is in things that are unseen. We often can’t hear the idols fall to the floor when the gospel takes root. We miss the budding flowers of spiritual leadership in previously immature men. We are not privy to the loving conversations and prayers among the ladies in the church. We likely won’t perceive the effect of the Word in the life of a young child...
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