I am settling into Virginia and into this new ministry. My first Sunday (25th) went really well and I am finding my feet. I am currently living with a family from the church, which is both wonderful and hard as I miss Kitty and the boys.
At the beginning of September, a friend gave me a devotional booklet. I am not a huge fan of devotional booklets because I usually found them shallow, but this has been a wonderful revelation to me. I want to share some of the past ones over the coming posts, but here is one I read earlier this week:
Pastor, are you an emaciated chef? Are you serving healthy meals to your congregation every Sunday, while you yourself are starving to death spiritually? Have you allowed the business side of church to steal your prayer life and rob you of time spent in the scriptures building yourself up? One of the great dangers of ministry is giving out, but not taking in. Financially, when you give out more than you take in you end up bankrupt. And the same thing can happen to you spiritually. When Joshua replaced Moses as the leader of Israel, God said the same thing to him three times: “Be strong and of good courage”. Then he explained to Joshua where his strength and courage would come from” “The book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have great success.” Note the words “you shall make your way prosperous”. YOU have a role to play in both your strength and your success. What is it? To mediate on God’s word day and night. To meditate is to ruminate. Cows ruminants. They chew the chud, swallow it, bring it back up and chew it some more, and each time they do they get something more out of it. So chew on God’s word. Think about it. Process it. If you want to be spiritually healthy, meditate, ruminate on the scriptures!