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Who’s the boss?

I was wondering, “How many bosses do you have?” I know some of you reading this will say, “No one is my boss.” That’s fine until you talk with your spouse. Then you might reconsider that thought. Unless you’re self-employed, most of us have to answer to others. We have our boss at work; we have bossy folks in our families; and people in our every day lives that boss us around.

Now as for us pastors, we have many bosses. At least the church folks think we do. Pastors feel that on a given Sunday there are many in the congregation who feel they can do a better job. Likewise, you may have people at your work that feel the same way about what you do. But in reality we only have God as our ultimate superior.

In fact I found a job description from one church that wanted a Senior Pastor; this is really good. I hope you enjoy it.

Handsome pastor needed to preach 10 minutes each Sunday. You will be working daily from 8 a.m. until midnight. The perfect candidate will have a burning desire to work with teenagers, and will spend most of his time with the senior citizens. He will smile all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his church. He will condemn sin but never hurt anyone’s feelings. Attendance at all church meetings is required. The perfect candidate will make at least fifteen home visits per day and will always be in his office to be available should an emergency arise. Preference will be given to a young pastor with 15-20 years of experience. Some light janitorial duties required.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get what WE want all the time?  But life doesn’t always go according to our way of thinking. Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:18 & 19 “Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age…”  In other words we need to look at more than the standards of this world. We need to look at God.  Remember it is not about our thinking it’s His thinking that counts… God is our boss!

I wonder how many of us have used God to get our own way. By making the statement, “God is telling me to.”   I hope when you say this, you make sure that it is God and not your own wishful thinking because you want your way in a certain area of life.

The pastor is a man who daily tries to follow God and the leading of the Holy Spirit; let it be in the sermon he preaches, or which person he calls on and when.  Please remember Matthew 7:1 & 2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Remember we are fellow workers together. Let’s not point fingers. Let’s use our hands to serve God.

Pastor Doug DiBell, Pastor
Solon Center Wesleyan Church
15671 Algoma, Cedar Springs

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