Saturday, May 19, 2007

Where do you find your joy?

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. - 3 John 4

John is demonstrating the heart of a true pastor in this passage. A leader who cares for the healthy growth and spiritual well-being of his flock (congregation). Often church leaders will get wrapped up in meeting other benchmarks that have been established to measure success: attendance, the offering, public opinion, or the accolades of other religious leaders. Where do you find your joy? Is it in numbers or is it in the transformation of the saints? Jesus made it very clear in his great commission where church leaders need to focus. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” We must remember that a disciple is not a “convert”. Rather a disciple is a follower of Christ who is living a life in obedience to the commands and teachings of Christ.

Is our ministry focused on making disciples or is it concerned with filling the pews? Is our ministry focused on the spiritual growth of our congregations or is it focused on the size of the weekly offering? Do we truly find our joy in the knowledge of our “children” walking in the truth or is our joy found in the praise we receive from other pastors and religious leaders? This important look into where John finds joy can help us right our thinking and motivation.

Lord, may I stay focused on what matters to you – making disciples. Protect me from pride and fear. May I serve your purposes and may my motivation always be to serve you and others; to love you and others. Keep my heart and actions pure as I serve you and your church.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Only if this was the focus of the Church in America.......wouldn't things be so much different!!!