This is a great reminder to keep about your pastoral ministry and to not chase the world’s rabbit trails! It was written by HMS Richards, Sr. (August 28, 1894 – April 24, 1985), a Seventh-day Adventist minister in Los Angeles who started one of the first Christian broadcasts for radio in 1929. This brief essay has nothing to do with Adventism, except that all pastors of varying churches and denominations struggle with keeping about their work.
Keep About Your Work
By HMS Richards, Sr.
“The Lord has given to every man his work. It is his business to do it and the
devil’s business to hinder him if he can. So surely as God has given you a work to
do, Satan will try to hinder you. He may present other things more promising.
He may allure you by worldly prospects; he may assault you with slander,
torment you with false accusations, set you to work defending your character,
employ pious persons to lie about you, editors to assail you, and excellent men
to slander you. You may have Pilate and Herod, Ananias and Caiaphas all
combined against you, and Judas standing by you to sell you for thirty pieces of
silver; and you may wonder why all those things come upon you. Can you not
see that the whole thing is brought about through the craft of the devil, to draw
you from your work and hinder your obedience to God?
Keep about your work. Do not flinch because the lion roars; do not stop to stone
the devil’s dogs; do not fool away your time chasing the devil’s rabbits. Do your
work. Let liars lie, let sectarians quarrel, let corporations resolve, let editors
publish, let the devil do his worst; but see to it that nothing hinders you from
fulfilling the work that God has given you.
He has not sent you to make money. He has not commanded you to get rich. He
has never bidden you to defend your character. He has not set you at work to
contradict falsehood which Satan and his servants may start to peddle. If you do
those things, you will do nothing else; you will be at work for yourself and not
for the Lord.
Keep about your work. Let your aim be as steady as a star. Let the world brawl
and bubble. You may be assaulted, wronged, insulted, slandered, wounded, and
rejected; you may be abused by force, forsaken by friends, and despised and
rejected of men, but see to it with steadfast determination, with unfaltering
zeal, that you pursue the great purpose of your life and object of your being,
until at last you can say, ‘I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.’”
I have the above essay framed and posted in my pastoral study and if you are interested in having your own copy, you can download it at https://www.durkac.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/KeepAboutYourWork.pdf.