A Truly High Calling

George M. Coon

READ : Titus 1:5-9

For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless . . . he must have a firm grasp of the word. (vv. 7, 9)

Sometimes I wonder how ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ endure everything that they face in their ministry. All around them are people with problems, complaints, and crises. In addition to all this, the biblical standard of character to which they are called is not easy to fulfill, even in the best of circumstances.

There is nothing better in church life than being under the ministry of a pastor who is fulfilling his biblical calling, whose character matches his message, and whose life is anchored to the rock of Jesus Christ. I hope you have had the privilege of experiencing this kind of ministry in your Christian life. If you appreciate the work your pastor does in preaching, teaching, and pastoral care, when was the last time you personally thanked your pastor for his devotion to “hold firm to the sure word” and his effort to “be blameless”?

Today, take a moment to reflect on the awesome responsibility of the ministry. Commit yourself to being the kind of person that will make your pastor’s ministry a joy rather than a burden.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for giving us pastors who are committed to your Word and the character traits that your Word requires.