Very few jobs are as stressful and personal as preaching. When you make the decision to proclaim the gospel as your vocation you open yourself up to criticism about your personal life, your family and every other part of your personality. Sadly, there are at least a few times in almost every preacher’s life when he must leave a work and move on to another. These moving times are difficult and can shake us to the core. Here are ten things to remember when we are told to move away from our present located work.
- You work for God, not man. People may have varying opinions of your talents and motive but it is God who will ultimately judge it on the last day.
“As surely as the Lord lives, whatever the Lord says to me is what I will say” 1 Kings 22:14
- Your goal should not be to preach at the largest church or the most prestigious lectureship, it is to save your soul and your family’s soul.
“What profit is it to gain world and lose soul” Mark 8:36
- Whatever your situation, God will provide.
“I have been young and am now old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging for bread” Psalm 37:25
- Your ability is not seen in the numbers of conversions or in fame, but in your faithfulness to be God’s spokesman.
Jeremiah preached forty years and did not have a single conversion.
- God loves you.
“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
- Your true self is exposed during rough times. This is an opportunity to reveal the depth of your faith.
“For without faith it is impossible to please him…” Hebrews 11:6
- If you are rejected by those whom you have taught on a daily basis, that makes you very much like Jesus.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” John 15:18
- Sometimes, the Lord will make us uncomfortable so that we will move on to a greater opportunity.
“Consider it pure joy when you face trails because the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-4
- Your light will shine most brightly when it is surrounded by darkness.
“You are the light of the world…” Matthew 5:14
- God sees all things. It is his job to dispense judgment and to punish and reward others for their actions; it’s not our job to do so.
“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave it to God’s wrath…” Romans 12:19