The small congregation of six sits quietly as their unpaid pastor steps behind the make-shift pulpit in the borrowed space. He opens his Bible and preaches with all his might the sermon he spent dozens of hours preparing.
Verse-by-verse he carefully explains the Bible passage from the place where he left off the week before. He’s convinced that every word of the Scripture is filled with rich and eternal value. He would be negligent to cavalierly handle the Word of Life.
An hour later he prays and closes the Bible on the music stand until next Sunday.
It’s the same routine for Beverly each week. Before she walks home she approaches her pastor. “I don’t know what I’d do if I hadn’t found you and this little church. You deserve so much more than this.”
When the church closes, no one will cry but Beverly and her pastor. The Lord Jesus, however, will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things … enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matthew 25:23).