Friday, March 11, 2011

Under God's Mighty Hand

1 Peter 5:1-6

My husband is a "second career pastor," meaning that he did not originally go to school to become a pastor.  For the first seven years of our marriage, we both enjoyed serving in church and when God made it clear that my husband was to leave teaching music and go into full time ministry he was scared and excited.  Scared because it was a big responsibility; excited because he got to serve full time!  Since then, I've had the opportunity to listen to other second career pastors tell their testimonies about how God called them into ministry, and so many of them said it was strange to have a job where they got paid to serve God.  I am not diminishing the job of being a pastor; it doesn't take long to realize that there are some very difficult situations to deal with in ministry.  But when you have volunteered because you love serving God, it is amazing to think that God would put you in a place where it becomes your job.  The prayer then lifted to God is may it always be amazing not just a job.  Please look up 1 Peter 5:1-6.

If you are in any position of leadership, whether a full time pastor or an unpaid volunteer, one of the big things to remember is that God put us there not rule over things and people but to model humility.  He wants us to serve others not be served.  At the same time, those of us who are not in a position of leadership should also exercise humility by submitting to those that God has put in leadership.  God calls everyone in the body of Christ to "clothe ourselves in humility."  When we remember who we are in Christ, we don't need to worry about having power and glory here on Earth, it is God we should be seeking to please.  Please look up James 4:1-10.

James tells us that the biggest issues we have is because our pride wants more, yet God wants us to seek Him with a humble heart.  Pride will cause us to fight with our leaders or leaders to be harsh with those whom God entrusted to him.  I know for me, when I am most upset it is usually my pride getting in the way; I forget that I am serving God and not man.  We are told that the only way to fix those issues to to walk with God in humility.  Both Peter and James reminds us that we are to humble ourselves "under God's mighty hand" (1 Peter 5:6) and He will be the one to lift us up.  Really, is it worth sacrificing God's honor just so we can have honor by a few humans?

Who do you serve?

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