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The Ministry's Inheritance

October is Minister’s Appreciation Month, and I wish to express my appreciation to all of my fellow ministers. I know that each of you share the common pressures that go with the call, but always remember, we are nothing without the help and anointing of God.

I know we would all like to be the perfect pastor. I recently read an article that said, “The results of a computerized survey indicate the perfect minister preaches exactly fifteen minutes. He condemns sins but never upsets anyone. He works from 8:00 AM until midnight and is also a janitor. He makes $50 a week, wears good clothes, buys good books, drives a good car, and gives about $50 weekly to the poor. He is 28 years old and has preached 30 years. He has a burning desire to work with teenagers and spends all of his time with senior citizens. The perfect minister smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his work. He makes 15 calls daily on congregation families, shut-ins and the hospitalized, and is always in his office when needed.” I think that you get the point…there is not such person.
While reading in the book of Joshua, I once again observed the fact that the tribe of Levi was given no inheritance, but their inheritance was the righteousness of God. They were to serve God and the people and their needs were to be met. “These are the countries which Moses did distribute for inheritance in the plains of Moab, on the other side Jordan, by Jericho, eastward. But unto the tribe of Levi Moses gave not any inheritance: the LORD God of Israel was their inheritance, as he said unto them.” (Joshua 13:33)

I know that discouragement is a common tool that is used by the enemy. He will tell you that your family is suffering for you to be in the ministry. He will try to tell you that you would have made more money if only you would have chosen another occupation. The devil will direct your attention to the homes and possessions of your congregation and suggest that life is not fair. But I must remind you that your inheritance is not of this world. It is not for earthly gain that we labor. We are to lay up treasures in Heaven. We are to build up the Kingdom of Heaven and that is where we will take full possession of our rewards.

While you labor, remember that you are the shepherd and you have a flock. I encourage each of you to feed your flock. Study the Word and have something fresh and appetizing for them for each service. They will be the first to recognize cold left-overs. Also, guard your flock. I believe that it is important for the minister to be jealous over his people. Be selective in who you chose to fill your pulpit. Insure that the full Gospel is being preached and guard against false doctrines. As shepherd, led your flock. Led by holy example. Led by consistent living. Remember, your flock will follow you if you will led them.

Also, remember that you are a servant. While it is the congregations duty to provide for their pastor and family to the best of their ability, always remember that you are not doing this for earthly gain, but for the building of the Kingdom of God. He is your inheritance! If you are struggling with being a servant, pray and ask the Father to give you a servant’s heart. If we are to serve this present generation, we must be servants. It will not always be easy. Some are not the easiest to serve, but that is what we are called to do and God will help us and honor our labors.

Where is my inheritance? When you stand before the congregation and have the privilege to open the Word of God and feel the Hand of God resting upon your soul…that is your inheritance. When you pray with that one who is cast down and see the burden roll from their weary heart…that is your inheritance. When you visit that seasoned saint who no longer feels useful and after encouraging them in the Lord, you see their countenance begin to shine…that is your inheritance. To see a lost sinner weep his way to repentance…that is your inheritance. To see the light of holiness dawn upon a seekers understanding…that is your inheritance. To hear from the lips of our Blessed Father, “Well done thy good and faithful servant enter into the joys of the Lord”…that is your inheritance.

Keep fighting the good fight of faith and you will be able to enjoy your inheritance. God is looking on and He is keeping a record. A appreciate you, my fellow servants of God. Great is your reward in Heaven!

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