October is pastor appreciation month. You will probably hear an extra dose of appreciation from the people you serve. As you soak in the extra encouragement this month, also take some time to think about what you appreciate about being a pastor. Here are three simple joys of pastoral ministry to help you get started:
1. Preaching the Scriptures
You get to study and teach the Bible. You get to unfold God’s holy, inspired Word for God’s people on a weekly basis.
The God who spoke all things into existence has commissioned you to be His partner in the building of His Kingdom through the transformation of His people into His Son’s image.
God is faithful to accomplish His saving and sanctifying work through your work of rightly dividing the Word of truth.
What an incomprehensible privilege.
As Paul says, the gospel is the power of God! (Romans 1:16)
Which is why he goes on to say:
“For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How will they then call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? . . . So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10: 13–14, 17).
You get to participate in God’s supernatural work of salvation. Soak that in. And, by His design, your participation is as simple as speaking the gospel as revealed in Scripture. What a mystery! What an honor! The next time you think, “I have to prepare another sermon.” Change one word—“I get to prepare another sermon.”
What a joy it is to preach God’s Word.