Humble Service: Enduring Hardship, by A.W. Tozer

 (These messages is for* all of us*. We are *all* in full time ministry
whether we it is one on one, one to ten, or one to a thousand. Also whether
we are in the market place where God placed us as missionaries sent by Him
to our work place, or we are in professional ministry)

Pastoral Ministry: Humble Service
By A.W. Tozer

*"You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this
life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier."*
--2 Timothy 2:3-4

Save me from the error of judging a church by its size, its
popularity or the amount of its yearly offering. Help me to remember
that I am a prophet--not a promoter, not a religious manager, but a
prophet. Let me never become a slave to crowds. Heal my soul of
carnal ambitions and deliver me from the itch for publicity. Save me
from bondage to things. Let me not waste my days puttering around
the house. Lay Thy terror upon me, O God, and drive me to the place
of prayer where I may wrestle with principalities and powers and the
rulers of the darkness of this world. Deliver me from overeating and
late sleeping. Teach me self-discipline that I may be a good soldier
of Jesus Christ....

And now, O Lord of heaven and earth, I consecrate my remaining days
to Thee; let them be many or few, as Thou wilt. Let me stand before
the great or minister to the poor and lowly; that choice is not
mine, and I would not influence it if I could. I am Thy servant to
do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches
or fame and I choose it above all things on earth or in heaven.
God Tells the Man Who Cares, 105-106.

"Lord, this prayer of Tozer's seems so contrary to the spirit of
today's church growth emphasis, celebrity pastors, and TV
personalities. Enable me by your Holy Spirit to make this prayer
genuinely mine. Amen."