For those of you in church work I have a question…. what do you find to be the most difficult part of your job? Of course we all know that church work is not just a job. It’s a God ordained calling that is fulfilled in a local church. But that doesn’t mean it comes without challenges and difficulties.
So what frustrates you? I can guess some of the answers we would get. Lack of resources, people that don’t want change, senior pastors, associate pastors, board meetings….. I’m sure we could get quite a list and all have a good moan in the process.
I’ll tell you what it is for me. This particular thing is a distant first from anything else on the list. Hands down the most difficult part of my job is actually practicing what I preach! It’s so easy to stand in front of a group and tell them what they must do and how to do it. But try to live what you just spoke about….. that’s an entirely different thing!
In the beginning of 2011 I preached a sermon as part of a series called Reboot. It was about having a plan for your spiritual growth in 2011. The other day I went back and read the notes that I preached a year ago. If I had just done what I said, I would have had a great year! Instead there were struggles that could have been avoided if I had just heeded my own advice.
James 1:22 says “don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” I don’t think it would be that far fetched to paraphrase it this way. ”don’t just proclaim God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves”.
Hard stuff…. I don’t have 7 steps to living out what you preach, or 5 things you must do or 10 things you shouldn’t do. The only thing I can think to do is evaluate more often; take an honest look at where things are at and make regular mid course corrections.
I guess it all boils down to a small “swoosh” on the side of a sports shoe……