The Monday After

“We had six saved today, three baptized, ten join the church, the house was full, and I had great liberty in preaching!” (A fake tweet that parallels the statements of some pastors on Monday after they have had “a ready good” Sunday!)

“We had a small crowd, no one came forward at the invitation, a section of the church was empty due to a group who left the church this past week, and I bombed my sermon.” (A fake tweet that parallels the feelings of too many pastors on Monday after a “rough” Sunday.”)

Before social media, I heard both of these kind of statements when I attended a local preacher’s fellowship or read a bi-weekly preacher’s newspaper. Now it’s in real time on Sundays and Mondays.

Oh the joys and heartaches, the delights and discouragements, the successes and failures, and the highs and lows of Sundays for a pastor!

But every Monday, I have to come back to the Truth. I cannot listen to myself. I must preach the Truth to myself.

My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
7 In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.
(Psalm 62:5-7)

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:18-19)

For without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. (Romans 12:15-16)

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:5-11)

And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:18)

The “tweet” that will really matter is when we stand alone before the Lord Jesus Christ at the Bema, and we hear His declaration about the ministry that He entrusted to us. That’s when it will matter.

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15)

So men, let’s press forward today in the grace of God as we keep the end in mind rather than our viewpoint or other’s tweets on Monday! Christ’s evaluation will be right and eternal.

One thought on “The Monday After

  1. Carl Butler September 21, 2020 / 5:43 am

    Dale, I love this, my brother! Fact is, yesterday we had a somewhat smaller crowd than usual for some reason BUT the teaching and preaching went well and we did have 2 people join the church so it was a good day with the saints. But the very best part of the day was when I was able to witness to a man in my office in the afternoon. He came to buy a gun from me and we talked about this and that for over an hour before I could steer the conversation to spiritual truth. Fact is, I could hardly get a word in edge wise–LOL–this guy liked to talk. But then the subject came around to spiritual things and I was able to speak openly and clearly to him about Christ. He did not get saved but I know that the Spirit of God is at work in his life and what a thrill it was to be able to share Christ with him, including John 3:16. I was also able to counsel him about what to look for in a church so it was good that way as well. What an energizing activity to share my Jesus with an unsaved man who was willing to listen. To the main point: I told this fellow straight out that the only question Almighty God is going to ask him when he dies is this: What have you done with my Son Jesus? Then it occurred to me as I read you post that the same question will be required of us preachers when all is said and done: “from the pulpit, My undersheperd, what have you done with My Son?” Oh, how we all long for people to be saved and to respond to the gospel invitation!! But our Father just wants us to present His Son and to leave the rest with Him. Therefore as long as we present Jesus in truth we have fulfilled our duty every Sunday morning, and we don’t have to ‘Monday morning quarterback’ every week…like I was so accustomed to doing over the years in Walton. Not any more! I will call you later today to go over things for this coming weekend. We are SO looking forward to seeing you and Denise! Your Brother and Fellow Bondservant Carl

    On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 5:00 AM From A Pastor’s Heart wrote:

    > Dale posted: ” “We had six saved today, three baptized, ten join the > church, the house was full, and I had great liberty in preaching!” (A fake > tweet that parallels the statements of some pastors on Monday after they > have had “a ready good” Sunday!) “We had a sm” >

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