Jump directly to the Content

Taking God's Keys

The keys of the kingdom also unlock the joys of your calling.

Every pastor, sooner or later, faces the contradictory demands of being a professional and being in ministry.

A professional has a schedule to keep, credentials to maintain, a career ladder to ascend. Urgent details crowd out solitude, service, and the deepening of a relationship with God. A life of simplicity and ministry to souls is elbowed aside by ambition and expectation.

Like doctors, lawyers, and other professionals today, pastors often feel their working conditions conflict with their calling. Heightened frustration leads to decreasing strength, peace, and joy.

But it doesn't have to be so.

Enjoy The Access

How can we find the joy and strength in service that obviously characterized Jesus himself, as well as many of his followers through the ages?

The One we work for has placed in our hands the keys to the kingdom (Matt. 16:19). Setting aside the centuries of ecclesiastical controversy over the meaning of this passage, we need to understand simply that our confidence in Jesus as the ...

January/February
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Are You Recession Ready?
Are You Recession Ready?
Churches stepped up after Katrina and Ike. Now we're facing an economic hurricane.
From the Magazine
The Book I’d Love to Write
The Book I’d Love to Write
Eight writers daydream about passion projects they will (realistically) never pursue.
Editor's Pick
The Last Gift My Father Gave Me
The Last Gift My Father Gave Me
A surprising encounter with my dad, Jesus, and Jerry Seinfeld opened a door to long-awaited healing.
close