The life of a pastor is a continual reminder that God put His “treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (II Corinthians 4:7).
The last three words “not from us” sit in my heart as a deep reminder that the resources for living for God and serving Him are not within me but “other” to me — “from God — not from us.”
Let these words settle in your heart. Repeat them often to yourself.
If I forget this most basic truth, I will run out of fuel for the work. In proclaiming Christ, we follow the pattern of “admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me” (Colossians 1:28-29, emphasis mine).
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