As a pastor, it is extremely easy to shift my focus. I spend a lot of time envisioning the future, making plans, creating concepts, and developing dreams; but honestly my job is to build people. I am to make myself sensitive to what God is saying, then deliver the message to His people. I’m sure you’re wondering all the stuff I listed before is a way to do that. But consider this:
Why do churches hold on to ministries that don’t work? Am I supposed to continue a program that someone else implemented, even though it is outdated? If I really loved the people I serve, why would I subjugate them to a ministry that fails to meet their true needs?
Pretty heavy questions to consider!
Truth is, no matter what you do for a living, our job is to serve people. Unfortunately, we live in a society of consumers. We “deal” with our consumer as quick as possible, to get them out the door in order to move on to the next one. What we do is not serving people but numbering the masses. Numbers have become more important than people.
The next time you go to work, no matter what you do, remember there are people that need you, or the service you provide, or the product you make. Jesus told us to love our neighbor in the same way we love ourselves. Who are our neighbors? Anyone who has a need that we can meet. If you want what you do to be blessed you gotta love people!
Read Luke 10:25-37
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