Last week Kevin DeYoung wrote a blog post titled, How Can I Tell If I’m Called to Pastoral Ministry? In it he gives ten questions for a man to ponder as he considers whether the Lord would have him serve in this way. I read the post hoping that it would be a good resource to give to young Christian men wrestling with their future, but found that it offered a question my mind has returned to many times over the last few days:
Do I still want to be a pastor if I never write a book, never speak at a conference, and never have a big church?
My church is sending me to lead a church plant next year in another community near ours and this question was extremely timely. While my answer to this question is “yes”, my sinful heart does feel the allure of such things. Please pray that whatever happens in this ministry God has given me, I will desire to simply be faithful to my Savior and faithful to his people all my days.
I plead with you to pray this prayer for your pastor(s) as well. Pray that Christ will forever be the allure of our hearts!