While on vacation I’ve had the chance to re-read some of the book On Being a Pastor . This book, written by two experienced pastors, clearly reminded me of the call laid upon my life as pastor and the daily/weekly challenges I must face.
Ephesians 4:11 identifies the one office as “pastor and teacher” and by doing so presents the twin challenge of the work. Shepherding and teaching are twin tasks. Prime and Begg say it this way: “some have tried to separate them in that they feel their call is just to teach and not to shepherd. But the shepherding aspect of the ministry keeps us in touch with reality–with genuine issues and problems–as we teach the Word of God…some may be called more to the pastoral work, and others more to teaching. But both are priorities, and they need to be kept together.”
Last week we took a step back from the work back home and came here to Boise to visit family. During these days I have found time to pray about our church and the People of God who gather there. My heart is turned to things I must teach and direction I must give. It is a great privilege to serve God’s People and my heart is on fire as I think about the days ahead.
I know that without Him I can do nothing. There is no way I can lead and feed God’s People without the working of His Spirit in my life and through His Word. The Teacher of our souls-The Great Shepherd of the sheep calls us to Himself. Psalms 25:5 is my prayer. Why not make it yours?
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are the God of my salvation;
for You I wait all the day long.