Being a Pastor always takes on a new light once you get past the title. You realize it is more than that, you realize you have been given a task and a gift! A gift to care more, to want more for your church and not just settle. You hunger to learn and grow and draw so much closer to God, that your flock will hunger to do also!
You realize it's about the whole church and never just part, it takes all the bodies to make it come together. You learn where Pastor begins, and friendship has to take a back seat for a time. You learn how important it is to be able to balance and understand the difference! You learn that your time with God is so important that nothing can take priority over it!
You learn to rest properly so you can minister functionally. You learn that it is all about God and you are just a small part of that. You are a part of the body that God has called to serve His people with His love and passion, you would do any and all to protect! Truth, trust, integrity, caring, nurturing, training all come with the calling!
But always, you can never, ever think you can do it all by yourself! You have been blessed with people that God wants to use in the body also, use them! As a shepherd you guide them, encourage them to seek their gifts. You walk along side them on their journey! You want them to have exactly what you do, because that is exactly what Jesus taught!
Matthew 10:24, 24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
John 21:15-19, 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time,“Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.