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Grace Moments Devotions - February 21, 2018

  • 2018 Feb 21

What is a pastor?
Pastor Mark Jeske

What do we pastors look like to you? Ivory tower or glass house residents? Holier-than-thous? Performance artists? Or maybe your wise spiritual guides? Steady friends? Compassionate counselors?

When you are trying to help somebody with big spiritual needs, your pastors can be your prayer partners, your strategic advisors, your question answerers, your Bible interpreters, and your encouragers. They can help you find books, pamphlets, people connections, and web resources. They can meet with both of you in a place that will seem nonthreatening (seriously—some of the best pastoring is done outside the sanctuary and church office).

Concern for people’s souls is what drives pastors. It’s why we jump out of bed in the morning and what keeps us up late at night. Our call from our congregation invests us with divine responsibility and pressure, and so God asks you, “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account” (Hebrews 13:17). We can’t lead if you are unwilling to follow.

Our very title, “pastor,” is the Latin word for “shepherd.” It is a beautiful reminder that our calling and work make us assistant shepherds to Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. Our calling also makes us accountable to him, one of many reasons why we will take your requests for spiritual help very, very seriously.

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