Ephesians 4:11 “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers.”
These words flashed into my eyes as I quickly scanned my inbox, and after peering at them for about 15 seconds and scanning the meditation that came along with it, I reflexively clicked “trash.” It was about 1/100 of a second later that I thought to my self “No! I wanted to read more!” Something happened in that 15 seconds of scanning the meditation that came to my inbox, and the click of the delete button. My mind took it in, and my thoughts focused on the implications of these words.
Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd–our Good Pastor, but God gave some to be Pastors. I’m a pastor to youth because God wanted to give a gift to people he loves. His gift was to send me to speak into their lives. The Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Jesus has done that. He is the Good Pastor. After his ascension, we see God establishing these ministry “offices” for His church. Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors-Teachers. God could’ve sent anyone, but he sent me. Jesus Christ loves His church so deeply that He gave His own life for her to sanctify her. Jesus cares so deeply for the welfare of the church that He gives Pastors-Teachers.
Sometimes, I must confess that I think of days of ministry as “just another ordinary day.” On those days I feel terrible. I come back asking myself, “Did you give your best to God and His people?” The answer is “No. I didn’t give my best.” But Jesus Christ, in all His Sovereign knowledge knows what His people need, and He chose to give me to them.
Lord, I am your unworthy servant. I am weak and feeble, I am slow of speech, I am only an unlearned fool. But God, whatever you can do with me, then do in me. Send me to the ones who are dying and need to hear the words of life. And, when you do send me, give me a heart of discernment to recognize it as an opportunity ordained by you. Take my hands and let them be consecrated Lord to Thee.
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.
Jesus, me, my hands, my feet, myself–EVER, ONLY, ALL FOR THEE.