What is Your Job?

Saturday Musing

“The first and principal duty of a pastor is to feed the flock by diligent preaching of the Word.”

— John Owen, English Puritan

Pastors:

  • Remind your heart every day that this is your job.
  • Remind your heart as you study, as pray, and as you prepare your messages.
  • Remind your heart as you move toward the pulpit.
  • Remind your heart as you walk away from the pulpit.
  • Remind your heart in the midst of criticism and praise,
  • “I am a cook, preparing meals for my Master’s flock.”
  • “My job is point the flock to the King not to myself.”

Congregations:

  • Remember that this is your pastor’s job and pray for him.
  • Do not tempt him with excessive praise.
  • Do not burden him with tedious criticism on trivialities.
  • Be doers of the word and not just hearers.
  • Remind your heart that to do his job at times he must cut so that he can heal.
  • Pray that God would give you “ears to hear” and a heart to do the word of God.

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