Interestingly I read this quote today in Rick Warren’s newsletter, in the Quotes section:
“I care less and less how many people come forward – whether anybody comes forward or not. The important thing is whether I have made clear the gospel and the cost of following Christ.” Billy Graham, The Evangelical World
What integrity from a man of God and a servant of the kingdom who probably has seen more success (dislike the word and the imagery often associated with it) than any of us in ministry! Yet the attitude is one that is most preoccupied with spiritual health – rather than success.
How much does that ‘fly’ in the face of current ministerial obsessions with numbers, crowds and ‘decisions’ that are just shallow.
Oh how I long to see in our ministries authentic fruitfulness (source: abiding in Christ) – that fruit that Jesus said ‘will last’! May God graciously grant it to us.
The following is an edited transcript of the audio.
How can I bless my pastor?
Lead somebody to Christ. Live a holy life. Don’t lose your faith when you get cancer. Bring up your kid to love Christ. Do something radical for missions.
The common denominator for all of those is that you prove by your life that I haven’t wasted mine.
Don’t give me a Rolls-Royce when I turn sixty. I would’ve wasted my life if you think you’re blessing me with some big financial gift when I’m sixty. I want to see your life changed. I want to see you pour yourself out for others. And I’m sure that’s what you’re asking about.
I get in prayer meetings and listen to my people pray, and I say, “That’s what I’m living for.”
They’re holding on to Jesus. Life is falling apart for them over here, but they’re not giving up on the Lord. They’re rejoicing in him. Or I hear a man tell about how he shared Christ at his work.
Those are the things that make a pastor endure anything.
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