A pastor that I know was discussing with a friend, the issue of pastoral ministry. He mentioned that he felt one of his sons seemed to have the abilities for serving as a pastor. However, he felt a certain degree of apprehension about this.. The reason was expressed in the words “the cost is too high”.
These words have rested in my mind and I have mused on them over the years. I don’t know what he was specifically referring to. However, when the intensity of ministry comes drilling into my soul I ponder upon the cost of serving in a pastoral capacity.
As the heart of the situation is the fact that Satan wants to take out the leaders first. We heard this fine message at Feltham, which is here, from Basil Howlett earlier in the year. This was one of the themes he picked on; that is how Satan attacks leaders
So there are times when the going seems tough. However, we look forward to that day when we stand before the Master. Oh what it might be to hear any words of appreciation from him. It almost seems impossible. But such is the case for those who remains faithful. Hear these words from the Master to one who have been faithful in using the bags of gold put at his disposal. His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matt. 25:23)
Oh LORD be my helper to keep going for your glory in your strength with tastings of your joy until that glorious day.