What is the value of a day? Today, I completed a college course and received a certificate. Today, I wrote two recommendation letters for people from my congregation – one to receive educational benefits and the other for a job recommendation. Today, I set up time to counsel a young man on life and future career choices. Today, I encouraged several people struggling through life, one at a time, and in many different ways. Today, I engaged in deep and meaningful prayer with my God.
There are those that argue that the value of a day is measured in dollars earned or hours worked. There are pastors who believe that their value is measured by how many cards they send, how many homes they visit, how many calls they make, or how many people get baptized.
I’ve learned (and am learning) that the value of a day comes in how I have helped others succeed. My success is measured by the success of my flock. I’m speaking in terms of spiritual success. Are they growing? Are my efforts helping them “do life” more successfully? Are they seeking Jesus? Is the fellowship improving? Does the church feel more loving?
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Did you diligently seek Him today? If so, you must then embrace the truth that He will reward you.
Pastors, know this – when you lie down tonight, God used you. If He called you, He used you. It was not a wasted day and it really did mean something. You may not be able to go on-line and see the value in your account, but rest assured that your encouragement, edification, and “hands on” help were just what somebody needed.
Like a wall being built brick by brick, the wall may not be finished today… but, without the work of today, the wall will never be finished.