Together + Forward | Day 12
September 28, 2017
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:2-4
Recently, someone asked me, "What do you want the legacy of your life to be?" The first thing that came out of my mouth was the first thing that came to my mind: "I long for my children, and their children, and their children's children to love God with all their hearts." Of all that I might picture as the legacy of my life, it brings me indescribable to joy to imagine generations of my children in love with God.
Here in 3 John, we find the Apostle John writing a letter to his friend Gaius. John had a pastoral relationship to Gaius, so in verse 4 above, John counts Gaius as his child in the faith. This parental imagery is a potent reminder of how a pastor should care for the church he leads - just as a father cares for the children he loves.
When I read 3 John 1:4, I can't help but think about my children: Caleb (11), Joshua (9), Mara Ruth (7), and Isaiah (4). As their dad, I care for them deeply, I pray for them constantly, and I love, teach, and serve them diligently in order that they might know and love God. So, as I read this passage, I am reminded that this is how God has called me, as a pastor, to view the church in which I lead - much as a father views his children.
Today, as we begin this new McLean Bible Church chapter together, I simply want you to know that as a pastor, I am committed to caring for you deeply, praying for you constantly, and loving, teaching, and serving you diligently, all toward the goal that you might know and love God. Indeed, as a pastor, I can truly think of no greater joy than this.
O God, please help us all to walk in Your truth. Please help our pastors to love and care for us well as members of Your church. May the legacy of McLean Bible Church be generations of men and women, our children and grandchildren in the faith, worshiping and walking with You until Jesus' return. In His name we pray. Amen.