God has called us. It all rests upon his summons. It is not our job to make the world turn out right or to see the church triumpant or even to make this congregation into an unministakable outpost of the kingdom of God. Only God can do that. It is not my task to work in such a skillful, informed, and competent way that my ministry will ultimately count for something. Only God can do that. And while God is doing that, it is good for me to keep in mind that this God wins victories through suffering, through love that, from a cross, moves the sun and moon and stars. The suffering that faithful ministry sometimes entails is not a sign of failure, but of fidelity.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
God's job and our job
In the second to last page (335) of his book Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry, Bishop William Willimon makes these beautiful statements: