Pastor Mark's Musings
A Wise Saying
Our District Superintendent uses the following phrase often..."A fish rots from the head down." Sounds kinda weird, right? The meaning of the phrase is simple. Without the head the body dies. The application made was that if the leader is rotting and not experiencing growth in their own life then the rest of the Church will be hard-pressed to experience it in their lives. I balked at this idea for some time. My thoughts always centered around the responsibility of others. Even if I failed, they should be able to do it themselves.
Then, I began to think about my own life. Where would I be if those in my life had not lived their faith out in front of me. Where would I be without my parents, my friends, my youth pastor, my college and seminary professors and all of my various mentors. If they had been "rotting" in their spiritual lives, who knows where I would be today in my own spiritual life. I am thankful to those who took their God-given position seriously.
Which brings me to the realization that my role as pastor is very important. There is great responsibility. My relationship with God, good or bad, will effect others. My love for my wife and sons, good or bad, will effect others. My commitment to sharing the Gospel with unsaved people, good or bad, will effect others. The fish does rot from the head down, but the fish also finds life from the head down. Today, like King Josiah in 2 Kings 23, I choose to renew my covenant with God to love Him with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength and to love my neighbor as myself. And I choose to renew my covenant with the Lord to faithfully pastor this Body of believers that He has given me the privilege to be a part of. Hold me accountable. Pray for me. And like the Apostle Paul, follow me as I follow Christ. Let's do this together!