Sunday morning, Pastor preaches a message from Hebrews chapter 11. But instead of speaking on the greats of the "Hall of Fame" of faith, he speaks on the four (un)honorable mentions, that the author admits he doesn't have time to discuss at length in this passage of Scripture. Yet despite their flaws, there was something worthy to note, for the history book of all time.
Then last night, I put in a movie as I went to bed and the scene arrives, where a decision is revealed that affects every ones life. And the two to whom the decision is revealed, both sit in awe. The "un-qualifed" saying, are you sure? I'm not ready for this. Meanwhile, the "qualified" is saying, are you sure? She's not ready for this!"
It reminds of a quote, though I can't remember who said it first at the moment:
God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called.
There's so many times in life one feels they are in over their head. Followed by times, where for whatever reason, you feel that you could or should be doing something entirely different than what you are. This becomes especially difficult, if we start looking on external factors... it becomes the movie scene. "I'm not ready for this; it should be them." And the other party; they aren't ready for this, it should be me."
Whatever the case may be, it happens to all of us; even Pastors. Church size, "results" of a message or service, measured by salvations, baptisms or compliments, ministries offered, growth of multiple campuses... just about anything can get in the way of simply doing the ministry one is called to do. It takes prayer to stay focused.
On that note, pray this #seniorPastorMonday for pastors to keep and remain strong, in their ability to keep the main thing, the main thing. May distractions of comparisons not overtake them or distract them for the ministry and purpose God has specifically laid out for them. Pray that their qualifications, experiences and faults not stand in the way of their trusting and seeking God to do the miraculous in their church and community. Pray their personality and ego not become an issue, that they think more highly than they ought, of their abilities in ministry that they are no longer effective. May they stay true to who they are, what they have been called to do and place their trust and humility in God alone; that it is He who accomplishes a great work through our faithful service.
For His glory and the cause of Jesus Christ. The work of the Lord fulfilled through His laborers on earth.
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