Addressing pastors, Paul Tripp puts the choice which every pastor has to make before us.
It is the choice we commend to others.
It is the choice which Jesus made.
It is the choice we have to make and keep making.
There may be only two roads for your heart to travel in ministry: the road of personal grief or the road of personal grandiosity. the first leads to greater hope in Christ and greater courage in ministry. The other leads to the pride of arrival, unwise choices, and trying to find independently a life that is only ever the result of living in gospel community with others. Grief will cause you to abandon your ministry kingdom dreams for the purposes of a better King. Grandiosity will cause you to confuse your kingdom purposes with the King you been called to serve. Grief will cause you find joy in being an ambassador of the King of grace. Grandiosity will cause you to approach your ministry like a monarch who doesn’t need grace.
Dangerous Calling, Crossway, 2012, pg 209.