If you have ever cut your grass, you know the feeling he is referring to here. After you have spent hours mowing your yard or just maybe 15 minutes if you live in New England, you stand back and look at what you just accomplished and there is great pleasure and satisfaction in that accomplishment. As a pastor you never, here on earth, get to really experience that feeling in regards to pastoring people. The yard never is completely mowed and finished.
Ligon Duncan made a similar comment in that being a pastor is a task in which we as pastors are constantly looking for an interim report card, but none will be given. Our report card will only be given when we have run our race and finished our course. Then, we will be given a report card of how we did as a pastor. We will see all the ways in which we failed and we will flee to the cross for the forgiveness of those sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. We will also see all the successes we have had as a pastor and we too will then run to the cross where the shed blood of Jesus Christ purchased every grace for us to do anything good.
This week though, and over the past few weeks, I have been able to see glimpses of that fresh mowed feeling. I have seen and am seeing the evidences of God's grace working in people's lives within our church and it is amazingly encouraging. The Spirit of God is taking the Word of God and driving it deep within people's hearts and that is so precious to a pastor.
The Apostle John was indeed correct when he stated in 3 John 4
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."
Thank you Jesus. For from you and through you and to you are all things. To you be glory forever and ever!