(Don't fight it. If it happens, let it happen.)
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus from a prison cell in Rome. He wrote to a church that was located in and around the temple of Diana. It was a pagan city devoted to idolatry. It must have been a very difficult assignment for the elders of the fledgling church — not so unlike what many of you have been called to. Paul reminds his friends that there must be balance between what we believe and how we act out our faith.
Warren Wiersbe speaks to our call: "The danger on the battlefield is that we do not take the enemy seriously and therefore fail to put on all the armor. Never underestimate the strategy and strength of the devil."
As Clergy Appreciation Month begins this week, we at Focus on the Family salute you. We are proud of you. We pray for you every week and we are constantly attempting to find new ways to engage you.
We know many of you reject the Clergy Appreciation Month concept for any number of reasons, but we believe it is very important for your congregation to celebrate with you — your calling, your assignment and your wonderful family. It becomes a win-win for all. So, if it happens, just let it happen.
Here is what we say on the ClergyAppreciation.org Web site to laymen who inquire about how they can best recognize your contribution to their lives and community:
"God has entrusted to pastors and their families one of the most precious of assignments — the spiritual well-being of the flock. That's why God has instructed us to recognize His servants."
The Bible says, "Give a bonus to leaders who do a good job, especially the ones who work hard at preaching and teaching" (1 Tim. 5:17, The Message).
Paul's last words to the church at Ephesus were, "I am sending him (Tychicus) to you ... that he may encourage you" (Eph. 6:22). Let us encourage you, my colleague. Let your people encourage you. Encourage one another.
We appreciate you! Be blessed and be a blessing.
P.S. This blog will being going on hiatus for a little while as we ascertain its effectiveness in making a difference in the lives of pastoral families and how we should best be using the limited resources we have been given to minister to you. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, continue to visit us on our web site at Parsonage.org.