PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Climbing EverestTim Savage
10This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers. 1 Timothy 4
I have a unique bird’s-eye perspective of our congregation through the video cameras during our weekend services. I am blessed because week after week I get to see people make first time decisions for Christ; their lives eternally changed forever. Each time a hand goes up to receive the Lord I am reminded why I serve. I wish everyone had the opportunity to see that because it’s so powerful to witness it in person and it perfectly exemplifies Paul’s words here in Timothy. Serving God is hard work and it’s challenging. Don’t expect the journey to be a walk in the park. Don’t expect a nice landscaped path through beautiful pastures. It’s more like climbing Mount Everest - you have to work together as a team, face severe conditions and negotiate life-threatening terrain in order to reach the summit. But reaching the summit makes all of the time, training and effort worth it and the same is true with serving God.
Seeing people’s lives changed and souls saved is worth the hard work that Paul talks about. The disagreements, stress and wounds that are sustained along the way are worth it to serve our risen Savior. Nothing else in life is as valuable, everything else pales in comparison. So then, we must constantly remind ourselves to fight the good fight and put on the armor of Christ because we are in a battle and we will get hurt and be challenged. When you get a chance, sneak a peak during an invitation at church, when you see someone raise their hand and accept Jesus you’ll understand that it’s all worth it.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the glorious opportunity to serve You for Your eternal kingdom. There is no higher calling. In Jesus name, Amen