No big-deal-ness

In a post at TGC, Ray Ortlund reminds young pastors what they should expect ministry to look like. He does it by sharing a couple of pictures from his dad’s pastoral journal. The journal – which records things like sermons, weddings and baptisms – represents more than just information; it represents a ministry marked by steadfastness and humility. Ortlund’s conclusion is particularly worth thinking about:

I am not impressed by young pastors who seem too eager to publish books and speak at big events and get noticed.  They are doing the work of the Lord, and that’s good.  But what impresses me is my dad’s daily slogging, year after year, in the power of the Spirit, with no big-deal-ness as the payoff.

This is the pastoral ministry that brings Jesus into the world today.

Paul says something similar: “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal 1:10).

Cf. Hebrews 11:32-40.

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