Jack of all Trades, Master of None’?

I hope it’s worth the pain … No pain, no gain …

What a good opportunity … Life’s going to be busier … Yes, I’ll do it!

What am I talking about? I talking about the fact that this year I’m going to do a bit more formal study (on the book of Romans). Why would I want to do that?

Because it will help me to pastor you better.

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘Jack of all trades, master of none”. Well, that can be so true of pastoring, because there is often such a wide variety of tasks you do, and so it’s challenging to ‘master’ any one area of gospel ministry. However, in 2 Timothy 2:15 the Apostle Paul says to Timothy (who was pastoring a church):

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Of course knowing the Bible well and in increasing measure doesn’t only come from formal study, but know I learnt heaps from the two previous subjects I did.

  • So please pray for me that I will learn lots about Romans, but more so that I will know God in Christ better, live out and teach his Word better.
  • Please also pray that I will not neglect my family or work while studying, because if I do then the study will not be worth it.

God will give us the time and energy to do all that He wills for us to do (see Ephesians 2:10), but this means we need to not neglect or do too much in any area of life, such as our family, church, work, sport, hobbies etc. Yes, it’s a juggle and life will probably be busy, even very busy at times. However, we do need to honestly ask ourselves questions like, ‘How much time am I wasting?

If I waste God’s time then I will be stressed out trying to get the assignments done, but if I do what I can when I can, then I will learn heaps and not neglect things.

For, I don’t just want to be a ‘Jack of all trades’ I want to ‘master’ God’s life-giving word.

Cameron Wills

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