Pastor, Your Future Is Brighter Than You Think

The Gospel Coalition | 7/23/2019 | Adam Ramsey
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Like a flashlight to the eyes, present circumstances can often blind us to future reality. And if we church-planting pastors are honest, it’s far too easy to lose sight of eternity.

From the early days of a new church, to the stabilizing phase of a healthy church, along with the multiplying phase of a mature church, our vision of the “unseen things” that last forever (2 Cor. 4:18) can quickly become clouded by the “seen things” that are passing away.

Ministry - Tensions - Resources - Strategy - Directions

We’ve all felt it. The ministry tensions around resources and strategy that pull us in a hundred competing directions. The tyranny of the urgent, though not necessarily important. The fatigue that comes from paddling through the online sea of unending information, opinions, and rage.

I’ve looked into the eyes of too many pastors (including the one in the mirror) who’ve developed a “ministry flinch” every time an ominous text or email hits their screen. Here we go again, we sigh. And the future eternal reality that is ours in Christ, which God is moving us toward with absolute certainty, seems to become a little less believable, and a little too far off in the distance to make any meaningful difference in how we respond in such situations.

Trajectory - Eternity - Something - Fires - Hope

Remembering our grace-initiated trajectory toward a glorious eternity does something in us. It fuels the fires of hope.

No wonder Jonathan Edwards prayed, “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs!”

Hold - Prayer - Trajectory - Eternity - Something

We too need to lay hold of such a prayer. Remembering our grace-initiated trajectory toward a glorious eternity does something in us. It fuels the fires of hope. And our hope is not one of nervous optimism, but confident anticipation.

Like the moments before being reunited with a loved one.

Song - Right - Drops

Like a song right before the beat drops.

Like the sun’s rising.

Peek

We know exactly what’s coming. We’ve been given a peek into the...
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