As a pastor, it doesn’t take very long before you understand that the ministry is not a job. It’s a calling. I love Paul’s first letter to his younger friend, Timothy. It is full of great reminders for us as pastors.
Over the next few posts, drawing from this essential epistle, I’ll be challenging all of us in three areas related to our calling, specifically:
- What do we flee from?
- What do we follow after?
- What do we fight for?
By the way, I see our calling as pastors as a responsibility that comes from God . . . without any expectations of pastoral perks on our part. Here’s what that means:
- We don’t do it for the money.
- We don’t do it because the hours are good.
- We don’t do it because everybody will love us.
- We don’t do it because of where we get to choose to live.
Why do we do it? Because we cannot be satisfied doing anything other than our calling.
Honestly, can you think of any greater privilege?