Monday, September 10, 2012

Ministry is a Joy, Not a Curse.

Ministry is a joy, not a curse. Too often I hear those church leaders in ministry whine and complain how tough ministry is. Ministry isn't for sissies. Sure it is tough. Jesus told us it would be ...and you're surprised because? Phil. 4:4 tells us to rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. There will be tough times. Don't quit.

Wayne Smith's Famous Sermon on Playing Hurt
is an inspiration.

Jesus told us to count the cost, carry the cross. There will be persecution. There is joy in the ministry.

Joy in seeing a father baptize his child.
Joy in seeing a couple get married.
Joy in honoring those loved ones who gone before us.
Joy in people finally getting the Word and applying it.
Joy when your child wants to know more about Jesus.
Joy when people finally KNOW HIM.

With joy comes disappointment. Disappointment that not everyone wants to or will follow. Life will be messy. There will be those who fall short. I'm so thankful for forgiveness and grace .... God judges the hearts of sinners ... the best we can do is keep on preaching the good news of Jesus, and if necessary (and it will be) use words.

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