"It's Just a "God-Thing!"
"Have I not Commanded You?
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified.
Do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!"
Because I don’t generally write a cover article for our December newsletter, this
month concludes my recollections of how our great God has done many incredible
“God-Things” in my life, preparing me in His own incredible way for me to serve as
your pastor for the past 25 incredible years.
As I said at the big celebration in June, the relationship between pastor and people
is often referred to as a “marriage.” And most “marriages” of pastor and people
don’t last 25 years anymore. As human divorce has become more common
through the years, so have “divorces” between pastor and people. Many church
people today have adopted a business executive mindset in their thoughts about
their pastor – if he is not “performing” the way they expect or if he “fails” them in
some way, they just let him go or make his life miserable so he leaves. And pastors
are no less guilty – often jumping ship when the congregation is not “performing”
in the way he expects or “fails” him in some way.
I can’t point to any one magic answer as to why we have made it together for 25 years (it’s truly a “God-Thing”), but I do know that I share St. Paul’s thoughts and feelings, especially during this month of November:
“I always thank God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus” [1 Corinthians 1:4].
“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” [Ephesians 1:15-16].
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now...” [Philippians 1:3-4].
“We ought to thank God for you, brothers, ... because your faith is growing more and more and the love that every one of you has for each other is increasing” [2 Thessalonians 1:3].
Pastor Christopher Schaar