If you are a pastor and you can’t get excited about your church, then you need to leave it. That’s a strong pill to swallow, but the Lord has given you the greatest responsibility (turning people back to Him) at the most crucial time in history (today). Enjoy it! Lead your church to be good at exalting Christ and making disciples.
You steward a living Gospel that makes dead men alive and foul men clean! How can you not be excited? The church – with all of its potential craziness – belongs to the Lord, and He has given us the chance to earn a living serving Him by leading the church to become His spotless bride.
If you can’t throw yourself into the life and ministry of your church, then find something else to do. If you can’t love the church with a consuming, unbalanced affection, then you need to turn in your Bible. The church of the Lord Jesus is what we do, what we live for, and how we glorify God in returning our lives in service to Him, thankful for His grace to us.
We feed sheep. As undershepherds called of God to that task, we care for the sheep in our flock. Shepherds also carry a staff, and sometimes it’s necessary to employ the staff to keep the flock together and moving in the same direction. But we don’t neglect to feed them because we’ve tired of the task or become distracted by the promise of a greener pasture.
Pastor brothers, you have one life. To the glory of God, fling that life into loving, serving, prodding, and leading the church of the Lord Jesus – looking forward to your reward in eternity to come.