We live the way we do because we love Christ, because we've been called, and because we have people counting on us.
I have always known being called to the ministry was a call of mercy. More than my calling being about “saving the world,” I think I was called mainly to save me. I think when God looked at me He decided that calling me to the ministry would be the only way to keep me close to home. Without knowing I was supposed to be at church every day, I think I would have simply wandered off and never found my way back. In ways most people don’t know, I’m grateful for my call.
For instance, there are places I don’t go and things I don’t do because I know there are people counting on me. There are times when I don’t say everything I’m thinking because I know people are listening to me. Don’t get me wrong – I’m far from perfect – but in the same way being a father made me a better man, because my sons were always watching me, being a pastor has made me a better Christian because there were people watching me.
My sons needed me to do the right thing. They would build their own lives the way they saw me build mine. In the same way, most of our church members are looking for people who can show them how to live the teachings of Christ in the push and pull of everyday life. For better or worse, they’ll watch us.
I know, it’s a pain; but it’s the truth. We live the way we do because we love Christ, because we’ve been called, and because we have people counting on us. After all, the Christian life is caught more than it’s taught.