“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13.17
Matthew was ordained to the gospel ministry on Sunday, July 18. The service was special, the charges humbling, convicting, motivating and encouraging, and the call one he certainly cannot bear on his own.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4.7
“Oh, for…pastors whose might in the truth is matched by their meekness. Whose theological acumen is matched by their manifest contrition. Whose heights of intellect are matched by their depths of humility. Yes, and the other way around! – whose relational warmth is matched by their rigor of study, whose bent toward mercy is matched by the vigilance of their biblical discernment, and whose sense of humor is exceeded by the seriousness of their calling.
I dream of durable, never -say-die defenders of true doctrine who are mainly known for the delight they have in God and the joy in God that they bring to the people of God – who enter controversy when necessary, not because they love ideas and arguments, but because they love Christ and the church.”
-J. Piper, The Roots of Endurance