I know them. I see them. LOTS of them!
Pastors who serve day in and day out with hearts that do not seek their own but the well-being of others (1 Cor 10:24).
In these days of scandalous news involving the Southern Baptist Convention, let’s remember what does not make the news—the countless untold stories of faithful men who have served their churches, their communities, and their families so very well.
Year end and year out, they’ve quietly sought the Lord and His glory. They’ve answered the call upon their lives for the glory of God and the good of others.
They’ve humbly asked others to hold them accountable. They’ve been on guard against the schemes of the evil one. They’ve diligently taken their thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ and they’ve chosen to walk the narrow way.
Oh, none of them are perfect. They’ll be the first to humbly mention that. But because they understand their weaknesses, they judge themselves and ask the Lord to chasten them so that they will not be condemned by the world (1 Cor 11:31-32).
Oh brothers, we see you. We know your hearts to walk worthy. We see you suffering long for the cause of Christ.
We know your job is made more difficult when others, men many of us have admired, so famously fail.
But brother your labor is not in vain. You are making a difference in the lives of those you serve with the love of Christ. Do not let the evil one tell you differently.
And, may the God of all comfort, comfort you to keep comforting and exhorting others.
May you not trust in yourselves but in your First Love—God, who raises the dead, who delivered us and will keep delivering us (2 Cor 1:10).
May you walk forward, not in fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God (2 Cor 1:12) remembering it is by faith you stand (2 Cor 1:24).
May you know, God is at work in and through you. May discipline, sincerity and truth continue to guard your way.
Oh brothers, we pray for you to be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Cor 15:58)
For our God commanded light to shine out of darkness (2 Cor 4:6).
May His light continue to shine through you and through His people. For His is the power and glory forever and His Kingdom is STILL powerfully advancing!