WHAT IS A PREACHER SUPPOSED TO DO?I read a survey done by Joe Riggs of Jackson, Tennessee a few years ago in which church members were asked to state the percentage of his time they felt the preacher should spend in different works:

  • Sermon preparation….65%
  • General church work….25%
  • Administration….0%
  • Public relations…. 45%
  • Counseling…. 60%
  • Visiting non-members….80%
  • Visiting members….85%

All of this adds up to 360% of his time in church work. That evidently would leave very little time for a family or even for sleep. There are 168 hours in the week and thus one would need to add 436 more hours to his week in order for a preacher to get done what brethren think needs done. Someone else in commenting on this survey said: “It is also interesting to note that the highest percentage involved visiting members. Do we want pastors or preachers? Have we turned so inward, that we really want our preachers to spend 85% of their time holding the hands of the saved rather than reaching out to the unsaved?”

The main thing that comes across to me from this is that it is no wonder so many good men become discouraged and disgusted and get out of local preaching. If one were to pay attention to the desires expressed or to the complaints made, the preacher would never be able to do the work he became a gospel preacher to do. Brethren, we need to put away childish things and grow into maturity!

Oran Rhodes

Think Nobody’s Watching?

Think Nobody’s Watching?A family was rushing to get to the movies. The parents told the children they had to leave “right now” at which point their teenage daughter headed for the bathroom to apply makeup. Her father yelled for her to get in the car immediately, and headed to the garage grumbling.

On the way to the theater, the father glanced in the rearview mirror and saw his daughter applying lipstick and blush, which produced the predictable lecture. “Look at your mom,” he said. “She didn’t put on any makeup just to go sit in a dark movie theater.” The daughter’s response was, “Yeah, but Mom doesn’t need makeup.” The mother’s heart was swelling with the compliment, and she turned back to thank this sweet, wonderful daughter just as she continued, “Nobody looks at her.”

I’m sure there have been times when your choice of clothing or the way you got yourself ready in the morning was determined by whether anybody would see you or not. If you’re just going to be around the house where no one can see you, you may dress one way. If you’re planning to be out in public, you’ll likely dress another way.

Sometimes, though, we make the mistake of determining our actions in the same way. If we think someone is watching, we’re careful to do what’s right. But if we think no one is paying attention, we tend not to be quite as careful. We think, “Nobody’s looking at me anyway!”

The truth is, though, you constantly being watched (and not just by God!). If you have children, you can be sure they see and hear everything you say and do! When you’re in line at the grocery store, others are watching. When you work in your office, others are watching. When you go out to eat at a restaurant, others are watching. When you go to the Post Office, others are watching.

That shouldn’t make us nervous or bothered. Rather, it reminds us that everywhere we go, we have an opportunity to live in a way that honors and glorifies God! Always be conscious of that opportunity.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” ( Matthew 5:16 ).

Somebody’s watching!

Author Unknown

On Serving God

On Serving GodThe Bible enjoins us to serve God. “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;” (Rom 12:11). The Thessalonians, we are told, “turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God.” But if I serve God, what does that entail?

It means serving God with all my heart and soul.  

There’s nothing half-hearted, lukewarm, or indifferent about my service. It’s “all in” for God. “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deut 10:12). Play-acting is excluded.

It means to serve with a willing mind.

David pointed this out to his son Solomon before his death. “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever” (1 Chr 28:9). It’s not reluctant service, or grudgingly doing it out of a sense of duty. Service to God is done with a willing mind.

It means to serve with humility.

One of the great servants of God was the apostle Paul. In speaking to the elders of Ephesus he said, “You yourselves know how I lived among you all the time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which befell me through the plots of the Jews” (Acts 20:18-19). Arrogance has no place in or out of the pulpit. Service to God must be characterized by genuine humility.

It means to serve with gladness.

The psalmist said, “Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! (Psa 100:2). True service to God is a challenge for me. What about you?


John Gibson – adapted