Read: Acts 20:24 ESV
Pastoral ministry is tough. I believe it is one of the toughest jobs in the world. So tough in fact that no pastor can do it well without constantly depending on God.
So many pastors start off strong but fade out before they cross the finish line because in an attempt to do more ministry, they take on more tasks and disconnect from God in the process. But the Apostle Paul gives us some clues on how to finish well in ministry.
Paul realizes that the end of his earthly ministry is near, so he strives to finish well. He reminds us that we must minister in humility, we must minster with perseverance, and we must always testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Humility teaches us that we cannot do this work alone. We need to share the load with the gifted brothers and sisters God has providentially placed within our churches. We need perseverance because we are doing the work of the Lord, and there are many adversaries. And we must always testify to the gospel of grace because there is no other remedy for the sins of humanity.
Paul left every city in a better condition than he found it; we ought to do the same. Pastor, leader, your family needs you. The church needs you. The world needs you. So, finish well.
Prayer Prompt: Our Father and our strong God, we are nothing without you! Lead us as we lead your people and give us your indwelling power to finish well.
Adron Robinson pastors Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills and served two terms as IBSA President.