The Busy of Pastoring

Monday’s Ministry Encouragement: Written to encourage you, my friend in ministry, to be refreshed and renewed as we live for Christ and look toward the Bema.

“Pastor, do you have a busy week ahead of you?” was the question offered by a caring church member headed home after a great day of worship and ministry.

Busy week? Always!

But the question for me is, “Will I get it all done?”

The reality is, there’s always more to do in ministry than can be completed. As a man, this is a problem. For us, accomplishment is the goal. “Checked boxes” are very needful!

Ministry friend, may I offer some words of encouragement?

1. Begin your week in prayer. Specifically ask the Head of the Church (Colossians 1:18) to guide your week. As you pray, stop and listen. Let Him bring to mind what He desires for you. Then ask Him how He would have you to minister to your wife, your and His flock.

2. Begin each day in prayer. Warren Wiersbe said it well, “The steps and the stops of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23). “Lord, this is your day. I am your servant. Direct me throughout this day for your glory. You know where I need to be and who I need to see. If you rearrange my day, may I not see it as an interruption but as a divine appointment. May I rejoice and not be frustrated. Help me to rest in You and surrender to Christ living His life out of me, not me living my life.”

3. Walk through your day in prayer. Enjoy the journey as Christ, not you, lives each day of ministry. Jesus Himself said, “Without Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5), and through Him, you can do everything He ordains (Philippians 4:13).

4. End your day with prayer. When the day is done, you can look to Christ and be satisfied. You accomplished His will. This is much better than going to bed frustrated because your agenda wasn’t fulfilled. This enables you to declare His faithfulness every night (Psalm 92:2).

Ministry friend, you will never get it all done because you may be seeking do what the Head of the Church hasn’t appointed for you, and . . . they may be good things. You will complete the tasks “ordered by the Lord.”

Pastor, do you have a busy week in front of you? Let Christ define and direct your busy.

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