Painful Privilege

Ministry is a painful privilege. On the one hand, God said to Isaiah no one is going listen to you, but I'm sending you anyway. To Paul, he said I'm going to show him how much he must suffer for my namesake.

Serving people that are sinful and hard-hearted, challenging, or dying is a very painful thing for the pastor or Christian because he welcomes those experiences and he doesn't run from them. Instead he runs toward them. He loves God and he loves people so he cannot avoid the pain. He must welcome it. And it hurts to share other people's pain. But on the other hand, it is a great privilege because the Christian or the pastor or minister is in a place to bring God's answer of relief. Even if the relief is on the horizon in heaven, he brings a message of hope and peace from heaven to the person. It is a privilege to be there with them in their happiest and darkest moments. Because of the word of God, he has the privilege to drink deeply from life itself.