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I have decided to step out of the boat onto the vast ocean deep that is very capable of swallowing me up. However, I am not distracted by the powerful forces of mother nature, but instead I am encouraged, as I can see the LORD Jesus Christ waiting for me outside of the boat.

After a fruitful chat with both pastors at my home baptist church, I am scheduled to deliver God’s Word at two Sunday services over the course of two weeks next month in November. It will mark my first formal outing to preach God’s Word before a dynamic congregation – outside the four walls of an academic classroom. To me, this will be a significant test to see if the LORD has gifted in me to preach His Word, as I strive to listen to His voice, and unearth the biblical truths of the Holy Scriptures.

Between you and me, I do not know what the LORD will place in my heart to share with the congregation, and I of course (already) fear the weight of the responsibility to handle God’s Word responsibly, but boldly. No doubt I will be spending some quality time in prayer, meditation, reading the Scriptures and fasting to prepare myself for the task ahead. I wouldn’t like to upset God on the first day of the week… never mind any other day!

Of course, preaching accounts for one of many countless duties in the life and work of a local pastor. Something I am reading at my own leisure, slowly but surely. I also hope to learn more of the pastoral visitation, which I know will stir me quite profoundly.

There is something lovely when love is shared, whether that be audible words of comfort, or written words of encouragement, or the gentle touch of another human being, or even a heartfelt embrace of another during our times of grieving and hurt. We all need to be counselled, and thankfully as born-again Christians, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit, who also acts as a counsellor when we go through times of trial and hardship.

The pastoral care of Christian ministry will bring fresh perspective into my academic reading of Christian counselling, but more importantly we are also called to be doers of God’s Word. We ought to live out the Scriptures. After all, we are the body of Christ. For God’s Church to sow the seeds, and turn the earth of people’s heart to help them digest the value of the Good News and the need of a Saviour, we can at least be encouraged that we are building and serving for the Kingdom of God.

In the meantime, I need to apply to several organisations in the hope of receiving a grant of some kind to supplement a portion of these tuition fees, or at least buy some books that will help me better understand pastoral ministry as a whole.

I also need a part-time job, and I am willing to even apply for a cleaning job, preferably a morning shift in the city centre, so I have the whole day ahead of me. It would also be a blessing if I could pursue freelance work on a part-time basis, but I want to learn how to better manage my time first with placement, studies and my involvement in other ministries. It would also help to have a kitty of money to self teach myself on the latest trends in graphic and web design once more, and see where it leads.

Final Words of Reflection

It is humbling to read of the LORD Jesus Christ wash the feet of His disciples, which should be noteworthy for all Christians to follow in His example. For the body of Christ to function effectively, we should follow in Jesus’ example and minister and serve others through Christ, as opposed to seeking to serve ourselves, or waiting to be served by others.

When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. (John 13:12-17, ESV)

~Richard