Hebrews 13:17 “Let them do this with joy…”
Sunday was such a special day. It brought us so much joy! Valeria and I will remember it fondly!
This past Sunday our church recognized and celebrated Pastor Appreciation Day! You expressed your love for me, and I cannot tell you just how meaningful and encouraging that is to me!
While that is a kind gesture and gifts and cards are very thoughtful, I want to assure you that this Pastor Appreciation is also a godly biblical thought. In the last chapter of Hebrews, chapter 13 verse 17 says this:
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
What a loaded verse! You guys are supposed to do church in such a way that brings me joy. You guys are supposed to follow Jesus in such a way that brings me joy. You guys are supposed to follow my lead (as I follow Jesus) in way that brings me joy.
That sounds heavy and serious. Honestly, church life is serious. It means something to be the church. And it means something to be the pastor of a church. We do not shy away from that truth. We embrace it by the strength and power of God. God knows what He is doing. We trust Him. We can follow Him. In fact, that heavy and serious relationship between church and pastor is beautiful and glorious when the Holy Spirit is in it. I thank God for our church. And I thank God for my position at our church.
What a beautiful relationship we have! I love you guys, and I feel your love and support for me. Praise God for calling us to each other.
May God use our relationship to get glory for Him and to give joy to us!
With all sincerity, Your pastor!