ME? A PASTOR?
I never wished to be a pastor. I don't think it is my calling. Being a pastor is hard. I think it is the hardest "job" in the planet. ^__^ Oh well, if God says I will be a pastor, what else can I do but obey?
So, you might be thinking and asking yourself why I am writing this blog. Here it goes. Just read the following...
*Start Narration* Last Sunday, March 27, 2011, the guest speaker or the pastor assigned to bring the Good News or the Word that day told us, before sharing the Word, that he is glad to see John, the new chairman in the music ministry in our church, leading the Praise and Worship. It was Ptr. Jun's first time to see John lead the Praise and Worship since Ptr. Jun is assigned in one of the daughter churches.
He said, "God has raised up another Pastor. Most of the Worship Leaders become pastors." And then he cited examples of Pastors who were Worship Leaders- including our Administrative Pastor Ptr. Alonde and John's father who was the previous Chairman in the music ministry and now the Associate Pastor in the main church.
"God usually raise up pastors from those who stand in the front (the worship leaders)", he continued, "because Worship Leaders always seek God. They, supposedly, should/could not stand in the front unprepared SPIRITUALLY. They seek God in prayer and they pray for the songs in the Line Up so that the people will really be ushered into God's presence."
On our seats, we look at John and the other members of the Music Team.
The Worship Leaders (four including myself) said, "So am I going to be a pastor?!"
The back up singers asked, "How about us?"
I told them, "You'll be promoted to be a Worship Leader so eventually you will also become a pastor." They smiled. *End narration*
Hmm... So, really? Am I going to be a pastor? Do I have the qualities? Well, I don't know. But this is what I know, that God will choose/elect me and you, yes, dear you, to serve Him without basing on your standard but on His. You don't have to be a Ph. D, you don't have to be a Suma Cum Laude in order to be a pastor, a minister, a missionary or an evangelist. Just have a heart willing to serve God.
Most of the time, we hesitate to obey the call. Why? Because we look at ourselves most of the time. "I'm not qualified LORD. I'm not eloquent... " " I'm not ready LORD. I'm still young. " "LORD, I'm too old for this." These are Moses', Jeremiah's, and Abraham's excuses. I have used this excuses myself. Haven't you? Me, myself and I. We focus too much on our abilities, on what we can and cannot do. We forget that the One who called us is able to equipped us for the work He has prepared for us.
"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
1 Cor. 1:27-31
To God be the glory!
Your sister through the blood of Christ,