Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | November 5, 2010

Growth–in me and in my assignment

“God seldom allows a pastor to outgrow his assignment.” ~G. B. Williamson (This quote came to me as part of a Soul Care email.)

At first glance, I saw this as a negative statement. I read it as a statement which spoke of God hindering His servant from growth. But as I have reflected further, I see a very positive concept. As the pastor grows, God will cause growth to take place in the assignment. This is a very interesting thought. It makes me think of two verses of Scripture: Matthew 25:29 & Luke 12:48.

Matthew 25:29 reads, “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” In this passage Jesus teaches that the servant who is found to be faithful will be entrusted with even more responsibility. Further, He gives a warning that His servants need to be faithful stewards over that which He has entrusted to them. Because if the servant isn’t a faithful steward, there is a danger that the ministry he has been given will be taken from him.

In the Luke passage, the second half of the verse states, “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” I see that as saying I need to give 150% in my ministry to Two Rivers. In so doing, I will be proven to be a faithful steward who can be trusted. But, even more than that, by my faithful 150% work I can expect God to grow the ministry here.

Father God, help me today, and tomorrow, and next week to prove myself a faithful steward. Show me the areas that need improvement and give me ideas on how to make those improvements. Amen!

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