Dave Harvey at Sojourn Network reminds me that a minister of the Gospel does not find his identity and self-worth in ministry of the Gospel, but in the Gospel I minister.
If you long to be in pastoral ministry, the starting place is the gospel. You must know the gospel, love the gospel, and delight daily in the glory of the gospel. The gospel should be aimed first at your own struggles and fear and sins. Your love of approval must be smothered by the resplendent weight of the gospel. Your fear of criticism must be crucified by the retelling of the gospel. The gospel is of help through you because it has been applied to you.
There is no pastoral ministry without the gospel. Reach for nothing more, accept nothing less.
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