30 Reasons Pastoring is an Amazing Calling

1. God is the greatest Reality in the universe.

And pastors swim in that sea with ever-replenished joy.

I am the L???, and there is no other, besides me there is no God. (Isaiah 45:5)

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)

2. Jesus is the greatest Savior, Master and Friend that ever was or will be.

And pastors contemplate and commend him every day.

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel. (2 Timothy 2:8)

3. The Holy Spirit is the greatest Helper in the world. 

And pastors are driven to have his fullness constantly.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever … It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (John 14:16; 16:7)

Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith? (Galatians 3:5)

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)

4. The Bible is the greatest book there is.

And pastors delight to mediate on it day and night.

The words of the L??? are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. (Psalm 12:6)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the L???, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)

5. The gospel is the greatest news ever sent. 

And pastors revel in believing it and telling it every day.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. (Romans 1:14-15)

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John Piper
John Piper is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. John is the author of more than 30 books and more than 25 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at DesiringGod.org. © Desiring God.

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