Friday, July 24, 2009

Why There are No Perfect Pastors

From Desiring God:

In my imagination, I sometimes fancy I could [create] a perfect minister. I take the eloquence of ______, the knowledge of ______, the zeal of ______, and the pastoral meekness, tenderness, and piety of ______. Then, putting them all together into one man, I say to myself, “This would be a perfect minister.”

Now there is One, who, if he chose to, could actually do this; but he never did it. He has seen fit to do otherwise, and to divide these gifts to every man severally as he will. (Richard Cecil, Memoirs of the Rev. John Newton, p. 107.)

1 comment:

Richard in Albany said...

The Perfect Pastor! There was a time a few years ago when I though I reached the level of the perfect pastor. Then Jesus showed me the at that level how much a sinner I really was! It is only by his grace that I can do this calling. In all of this I must walk closer with the Savior. The perfecrt would not use the grace of God but own abilites.