The most tricky experiences in ministry come on a individual level. It is not so substantially simply because somebody requires problem with one thing you think, somebody does not agree with your doctrine, somebody does not like the way you explained a Bible verse, somebody didn’t like your sermon, or somebody believed you had been offensive in the way you stated something—you get more than that.
There’s a particular quantity of persecution that comes when you preach dogmatically, preach the truth, have sturdy convictions—and there are people today who do not like it. But I can deal with that simply because I really feel like I’m fighting for the truth.
What definitely hurts in ministry is individual disloyalty. I do not imply that you need to anticipate blind loyalty from people today, but what I do imply is a sort of Judas encounter. I assume the deepest grief that our Lord ever knew would come from Judas—so close, so loved, so exposed, so substantially spiritual chance and he betrays Christ.
Embrace these instances of suffering. They make you stronger and that tends to make you extra powerful.
Even Peter who denounces and denies Christ at the important time of his arrest. These are the deepest pains in ministry—when the people today in whom you have invested the most—whom you have loved the very best, to whom you have offered spiritual duty, for whom you have held higher expectations, for whom you even believed the very best about—turn on you, turn against you, even attempt to start off a sort of mutiny. They speak evil of you and gather people today about them who join the criticism. It wounds the church, undertaking harm to the unity of the church.
These items have occurred to me by means of the years and stay extremely vivid memories in my thoughts. These are the hardest items to deal with. When people today accuse me of one thing I do not think is correct, I do not defend myself. My life is not a defense. I have to leave it at that and let the Lord be my defender.
To be accused falsely and to be treated as if you dishonored the Lord when you haven’t—that is the deepest wound. I do not want any person to assume that I’m dishonoring the Lord or that I’m getting unfaithful to the Lord. When these closest to you accuse you of that—it’s the hardest factor to deal with.
Searching at the heart of the apostle Paul by means of 9 convictions identified in two Corinthians four, veteran pastor John MacArthur calls church leaders to faithful endurance in ministry.
A Fleshly Thorn
That was correct of the Apostle Paul, who was brutally treated by people today in the churches that he himself founded. That was what led to what he referred to as the “thorn in the flesh.” It was just tearing him up that there was criticism of him in his personal church, but the Lord utilised it for his perfection.
When he was weak, the Lord stated he was sturdy and so he basically goes so far in two Corinthians to say, “I rejoice in the weakness, I rejoice in criticism, I rejoice in suffering simply because when I’m weak then I’m definitely sturdy.”
You have to embrace the suffering even although it hurts and it is really hard and painful. You embrace it as God’s way of humbling you, God’s way of generating you weak so that your strength is identified only in him. I have identified that by means of the hardest instances of getting misrepresented, misunderstood, and falsely accused, the Lord has worked the greatest performs of grace in my personal heart and shown his strength. Embrace these instances of suffering. They make you stronger and that tends to make you extra powerful.