The responsibility of this office is weighty. Preach a faithful Law/Gospel sermon. Make sure the Gospel is preached clearly. Make sure the phrase "Sir, I want to see Jesus" stays with me throughout all pastoral care. Do not neglect the sick and the elderly. Visit the shut-ins. Provide for the education of the children in the knowledge of the Scriptures and Christian faith. And the list goes on.
Today is Thursday morning and that weighty responsibility still rest upon my shoulders. Yet, I am reminded by Paul that it is not my office to which I must attend, but Christ's. He writes in Ephesians 3:
Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.To preach Christ, to teach Christ, to give Christ to the people... rests in Christ's hands. I am but his instrument that He has chosen by the gift of God's grace, ...given to me by the working of his power.