2012-03-14 / Faith

I love my job!

Lessons from the Heart
By Pastor Brent Oliver

Oliver Oliver I love my job! Yes, I know that not everyone feels that way - and I really can’t say that I feel that way all the time. Yet, when I think about it - I am thankful that God has allowed me to be a pastor.

I have been approached with, ‘I know you preach at the church, but what is your real job?’ And, ‘I know you work on Sundays - what do you do all week?’ These questions bring a smile - either coming from a child who truly doesn’t know any better, or someone that hasn’t been around “church-life,”

What is a pastor’s job? Being God’s hand extended to people! The dentist takes care of your teeth, and the teacher instructs to expand your knowledge. The personal trainer helps your body to be in shape, but who cares for your soul - that which matters for eternity? Each person who is important in your life is given to you to help you in various areas of your life. The job of a pastor is to care for people - their whole being - especially the spiritual part, which affects the physical, mental and emotional.

The Apostle Paul puts it this way: A pastor is to “equip God’s people for works of service” (Ephesians 4:12). The word equip in this passage has a very interesting usage - it refers to the nets of fishermen. When the nets were brought in, they had to be repaired and prepared for the next day. Equip, therefore, means to repair and prepare.

It’s an honor to be God’s hand extended, working to repair people from the wounds, the hurts, the damaging influences, the sin, and the wrong choices, and all that tears them apart in this life. It’s rewarding to come alongside people when they go through trying times - to console, care for, and hopefully strengthen them. We “bring them in” to repair them, and send them out for usefulness for God.

I am grateful to have been accepted into this community in which I have served for the past 21 years. I look forward to continuing to serve people as a means of serving God.

Brent Oliver is pastor of First Assembly of God, Delphi.

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