Pastor Considers Leaving the Ministry
By Greg Miller © 2016
Pastor Seth had become increasingly discouraged about his lack of effectiveness in the ministry.
“I’m seriously thinking about getting out of the ministry,” Pastor Seth confided in his wife, Sylvia.
Throughout Pastor Seth’s 25-year pastorate, Sylvia had been his encourager and friend, and she wasn’t going to let her husband throw away his ministry. “You’re a wonderful pastor,” she said. “The adults love you because you preach the Word of God with boldness and integrity. The youth love you because you give them opportunities to lead various aspects of the services. The younger kids adore you because of your magnetic personality.”
Sylvia continued, “You may want to give up on yourself, but I’m not going to let you do that. I’m not giving up on you either. And I know God’s not finished with you yet.”
“What makes you so sure God’s not giving up on me?” asked Pastor Seth.
“Jesus didn’t give up on Peter after the fisherman denied Jesus three times in one night,” Sylvia recalled the gospel accounts of Peter’s denials.
“And God didn’t give up on the prophet Jonah, who initially refused to preach to the people of Nineveh. But after he was almost digested by a whale, he changed his mind, then fulfilled God’s call to preach to the Ninevites.”
“So, do you think God may still actually want to use me in ministry?”
“Of course, I do. And you can continue to count on me to be a suitable helper to you in your ministry.”
“You’ve been such a blessing to me in ministry,” the pastor observed. “In fact, you’ve been a blessing to me in every aspect of our lives together.”
“You’ve been a blessing to me, too,” said Sylvia. “But it’s the job of both a husband and wife to edify and encourage his or her mate as they travel the journey of life together.”
“I think the Sovereign Lord has used you to plant the idea in my mind for a future sermon,” Pastor Seth smiled.
“Sure. It can be a message to encourage husbands and wives to support each other in all aspects of their lives together.”
“It sounds like you’ve decided to continue to serve as the church’s pastor.”
“Well, you have helped me to come to grips with God’s call on my life and the importance of fulfilling that call.”
“I’m always glad to help in any way I can,” chuckled Sylvia. “Now I will let you take me out for dinner, and we can celebrate!”
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