A Preacher’s Saturday Night

I’ve now been in the ministry for 27 years. I spent 11 years as a student minister and associate. The past 16 years I’ve been a senior pastor. Honestly, my Saturday nights have never been normal as a minister. But, since becoming a senior pastor things have drastically changed.

Now, in many ways a pastor never feels off duty. However, as a preacher Saturday nights feel like you’re waiting for the big game. You know so many people rely on your effective deliverance of God’s message. You do your best to pray and prepare the best of your ability. Then, you just keep asking God to get you out of his way.

Underneath the God-given role there are always some anxious nerves. For you know in your flesh alone things are bound to fail. Yet, guided by God’s spirit and truth lives are bound to change. As the time to preach gets closer and closer. You keep asking God to please get you out of His way and to have His way. Then, come Sunday morning somehow God does more than imagined despite you and through you.

“Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:2

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