If you have not heard, we have an added addition to our family. Everyone is healthy and adjusting well. Having daughters is more amazing than I could have thought. I am truly a blessed man… an outnumbered man, but a blessed man. The only other “male” I have in the house comes once a day from the post office!
I have another baby that I am happy to say is healthy too. As a pastor, the church is somewhat of a baby. It needs care and attention, feeding, nourishing, discipline (yes this too). The apostle Paul referred to the churches he ministered in as “his children” and that he was a spiritual father to them. Of course, God is the Parent and Father of us all and we are His children. But you get the analogy. All this to say that I was happy to hear that while I was away for a week of vacation that the church kept moving along. While I was away there was still ongoing ministry, care for believers, we had a worship service that included multiple people sharing testimonies about God’s work in their life, someone responded during the service seeking to join membership with our church, they commissioned 7 individuals out on a missions trip – and all this while the pastor was away! These are indicators of health and make me glad to hear the news. You see, the pastors job is to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12); not to hoard and do all the ministry. Many pastors may feel threatened when there’s a big service and lots of ministry going on all while he is away. Instead, I choose to feel excitement and humility that God is bringing our church toward maturity and biblical health.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21