Ministry Inside.104

dangerAs a young man, he was a gifted and popular minister.  I had seen pictures of this man when he was a younger minister.  He looked handsome and confident in those early years.

He preached for a large congregation and became quite popular as a minister.  Then there was an affair, followed by a second affair.  He and his wife divorced.  He moved away and began working in a business.  For many years, subsequent chapters to this story only seemed to get worse.  Eventually, however, this man’s life completely turned around and his walk with God was alive and fresh again.

Now, several decades later, I was having lunch with this man.  I was a young minister and was eager to learn what I could.  He told me that his mistakes and sins were rooted in his own ego.

“People were telling me how great I was.  The church was growing and good things were happening.  Yet, that also meant that I had to work even harder to keep up the pace.  I began to feel entitled.”