Quality of Life Rather than Quantity of Service

On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work has been a refreshing and convicting read for me.  Prime and Begg seem to be sitting in the room with me at times sharing their character, discipline, experiences, failures and passion, while prodding me with sharp spurs.  The following quote is one of many prongs among the spur:

Some lessons we learn slowly, and one that we have found particularly difficult is that God wants quality of life from us rather than quantity of service, and that the latter is no substitute for the former.  More important than all our preparation for ministry and our careful administration of church life is that we should live our lives for the will of God and reflect His Son’s grace and character in all our dealings with others (p. 89).

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