Over the course of the next 8-12 weeks, Pastors and churches around the country will be in periods of transition. Most pastors will be transitioning from one church to another. Other pastors will be accepting the call for the first time. Yet, the pastors that I find myself most concerned about are the ones who are leaving, either by their own choice or by the choices of others, and are faced with an uncertainty as to where they can serve next.
Some, bitter and angry about the circumstances leading to their departure, will lash out at their church and the people they were called to serve and lay blame on financial difficulties, emotional strain and a host of other issues. Others, hurt and upset about leaving, will hide their true emotions with a facade that conveys that all is well and life is good.
Yet, I would contend that in the silence that comes after the last message has been preached, lies a fear that asks the questions, “What’s next God? Where do I go from here? Can you still use someone like me?”
The answer is, of course, a resounding YES! God can and will still use you! It may not be exactly how you want or planned, but He will still use you! The greatest gift I can share is simply this:
Never forget that God’s call is irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). He will not forget the work you have done and the love you have shown Him as you helped and continue to help His people (Heb. 6:10). Though it may seem painful now, remember that you serve a God who promises to heal the brokenhearted and to bind up their wounds (Psalm 147:3). So don’t fear the questions that come, simply remember that God is with you. Don’t be frustrated or angry, remember God is still your God. He will strengthen you and help you though this time, and He will hold tight and steady you during this time (Isaiah 41:10).
So pastors, be encouraged and faithful during this time of transition, and know you are loved by the only One who’s love truly matters.