Biblically, pastors are set apart for a pastoral task under the sovereignty of God instead of being set apart as professionals in the world’s eyes. This emphasis on professionalism and tangible results will produce many weary pastors. We must admit that we are incapable of building Christ’s church. Christ builds His church. As a result of this reality, although I long to carry out ministry excellently, the only praise that matters is the silent praise that echoes from the word of God as I carry out the pastoral role God has set me apart to accomplish. All criticism needs to be considered, but we should only heed the criticism that has a biblical foundation. Pragmatism or tangible results should not govern our personalities or our preaching, but the text must and should dominate our ministerial endeavors. The “silent Amen’s” of Christ should be enough for us now and in the future as well. The daily evaluations based on tangible results won’t matter in the end, and shouldn’t matter today. Do an evaluation instead that has eternal significance. In other words men, continue in ministry for God’s glory alone. Weary pastors, if God is glorified through your ministry, rest in His revealed glory, whether thousands repent or none repent. God’s glory is the goal, not the applause of men.
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