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30 Reasons Pastoring is an Amazing Calling

26. Wise, biblical counsel is greater than much fine gold.

And pastors make many rich.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)

How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. (Proverbs 16:16)

Him we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. (Colossians 1:28)

27. World missions is the greatest enterprise in the world.

And pastors preach and pray and agitate till all are goers or senders.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:37-38)

28. Loving money is the great root of countless evils.

And pastors sever it in their homes and seek its cheerful death in all their flock.

Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. (1 Timothy 6:9-10)

Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (1 Timothy 6:6-8)

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

29. Leadership in holy paths is the great need of all the sheep.

And pastors wear this mantel humbly under the Great Shepherd.

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. (Hebrews 13:17)

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)

30. Lowly servanthood is high greatness.

And pastors rejoice to say: He must increase, and I must decrease.

But whoever would be great among you must be your servant. (Mark 10:43)

He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)   

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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.