October 14, 2009
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1
There are several modern day “Pauls”, if you will, that I have fallen under the influence of over the past few years. One that comes to mind is John Piper. Today marks his 30th anniversary of the day that he felt the call to be a pastor. You can read the article here.
The article mentions that as Piper first stood before his church he told them the aims for his life.
- I will aim to love Christ with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my strength. Because when I die in the midst of my ministry and say farewell to a beloved flock and a cherished family, I want to be able to believe that it is gain. And in my dying I want to be able to bear witness to a church that Christ is great indeed and worthy of all our trust.
- While I live and minister, my goal is going to be to make the people glad in God. Woe to the pastor who uses his position to hammer year after year in chiseling out a hard sour people! He has forgotten his calling. “I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your advancement and your joy of faith.”
- Since joy comes from faith, and faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of God, it will have to be my main goal–my tremendously fulfilling and joyful goal–to feed that flock the Word of God every week, week in and week out. I will pray that Jesus’ words will become fulfilled in my words. The banner of every sermon I preach will be this: “My words I have spoken to you in order that my joy might be in you and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11).
It is my hope and prayer that whatever form of ministry I’m in that this will be my attitude.