2 Corinthians 12:20-21 NLT For I am afraid that when I come I won’t like what I find, and you won’t like my response. I am afraid that I will find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior. (21) Yes, I am afraid that when I come again, God will humble me in your presence. And I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old sins. You have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure.
Last week we touched on Paul’s greatest fears that your pastor shares. Your pastor fears that the people he pours his life into will lose the purity and simplicity of the Gospel message and their devotion to Jesus. In 2 Corinthians 12:20-21 Paul lists a number of things that he was afraid he might see upon a visit to the church in Corinth. Honestly, there have been a number of days I’ve been afraid about what I was going to see or deal with when I arrived at our local church. Today I want to help both pastors with this fear and empower congregants to help their pastor too.
If you’re a pastor or serving in any ministry, you’ve experience that fearful thought sometimes too. Here is what you can do.
- Stay steady. Keep it simple. Keep doing what you are doing and don’t quit. You are making a difference. 2 Corinthians 11:12
- Never preach people into bondage with fear tactics. Preach God’s grace and never put people down when they fail. 2 Corinthians 11:20-21
- Serve Jesus. Your faithfulness will pay off. 2 Corinthians 11:23
- Work hard. Give it all you’ve got and leave it all on the court. 2 Corinthians 11:27
If you aren’t in ministry… wait, what? Stop right here. You should be. Jesus gave the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher to the Church for the purpose of preparing and equipping you to fulfill the ministry you are called to. It might not be a church or Sunday morning ministry, it might be a ministry to other business leaders, lawyers, or sales clerks, but you have been called in the ministry and you have one. That said, live a life of repentance. Get right with God and stop it! If you need help, your pastor and church leadership are there to support you. Be faithful to your local church, support the vision there, grow up in the Lord, and help your pastor raise up more leaders that will do the same.