Dear Pastor Whoever….
I humbly advise you to make room in your busy schedule for asabbatical. Spiritual sabbaticals – times of escape from responsibilities,distractions, influences, opinions – pay hefty dividends. Not a skimpytime-out, but at least a month of communing with your Lord. Plead with wife and children to honour this time of solitude. Don’t answerthe phone, don’t listen to teachings, avoid everyone. Hide in yourbedroom, stretch out on the bed with pillows behind your head, crossyour legs, maybe journal a bit and, Bible in hand, prayerfully consider.Consider? Consider what?
Consider the upcoming judgement seat of Christ. Make sure you arethe “wise man” building “his house” on the Bible rather than the“foolish man” who isn’t. This is not difficult. Simply compare everyaspect of your christianity with NT writings. Is what you do compatibleto the examples of Christ and His apostles? For example….
Is your role as shepherd of a congregation conducive with NTteachings? Begin with your title, “Pastor Whoever”. Search hard for achristian in the NT with such an appellation. Or any appellation. Next,consider your salary. Can you find a salaried person in the NT? Howabout the disciples…. Peter, Paul, John? Yes, there are lots of examplesof contributions for workers, but is there a precedent for a salary?
Your denominational license, is that NT? Is your extensive, almostsolo, spiritual input synonymous to the “one another” ministry the NTspeaks of? “Wise man” or “foolish man”? Your Bible has the answer.
Perhaps it’s wisdom to confer with Lord Jesus now before that day ofaccountability. Perhaps a sabbatical – just you, Jesus and your Bible – really would be a good investment. Amen?