The Cost of Being a Shepherd

Are you a pastor? Do you aspire to be a pastor? Here is a word of encouragement for you today.

Prepare yourselves, then, to see and suffer many things with which you would rather be unacquainted. Experiences which would be unnecessary to you personally will become your portion if the Lord uses you for the salvation of others. An ordinary person may rest in his bed all night, but a surgeon will be called up at all hours. A farming-man may take his ease at his fireside, but if he becomes a shepherd he must be out among the lambs, and bear all weathers for them. Even so doth Paul say, ‘Therefore, I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.’ For this cause we shall be made to undergo experiences which will surprise us.”
from The Soul Winner by Charles H. Spurgeon

For those of you who are Pastor’s I pray that you would be encouraged and empowered. For those of you who are not pastor’s, please pray regularly and earnestly for your pastor.

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