I recently took over as the interim pastor of a small church in my town, and found quickly that the temptation to do everything can be very overwhelming, so when I saw this pasted on Facebook, I wanted to read it immediately. It will hopefully serve to remind me of why I'm ultimately there - to feed the flock of God. You can read the entire article at Grace To You's website, but here's a teaser.
If you’re a pastor, you have one job...you have one job. It’s this, Shepherd the flock of God among you....that’s your job. You are not a cultural evangelist, you are not a society penetrator, you’re not an entrepreneur, you’re not a revolutionary, you are a feeder of the flock of God.
“I will build My church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”
“All whom the Father chose will be called.”
“All who are called will come.”
“All who come will be received by Christ.”
“All whom Christ receives, He will keep. All whom He keeps, He will raise at the last day.”
Our job is to feed His sheep. And the day you move your eyes beyond the people sitting in your church who belong to Christ, that’s the day you just lost your purpose.