Another razor’s edge of pastoring is that I would shepherd the flock of God willingly! In other words, pray that I would not see my calling as a pastor simply as a job, as something I do to pay the bills. Pray that God would grant me and guard in me a hart that is one who desires to love, serve, preach to and shepherd this church. Pray that nothing would take away the joy found in Jesus! Pray that I would work willingly, not just being self-motivated but God-motivated, Christ-motivated, Word-motivated. Pray that computers, phone calls, worry, lack of rest, and a myriad of other issues would not divert me from the crux of my calling: preaching and teaching the Word of God.
(If you would like to read Part I of this series, click here.)