“My husband wants to be a pastor?” Whether he has felt the call for some time or God has just laid it on his heart, the fear of being a pastor’s wife is real for most women. A thought that might enter our minds is “Am I good enough?” or more specifically, “Have I lived a good life? Am I worthy of representing the gospel?” These are valid questions that deserve an answer.
Have we lived a good life?
By God’s grace, he has given us a way to answer these questions in the bible. God has set a standard for living a good life in Exodus 20:
You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make idols.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
According to this list, have we kept these commandments and lived a good life? I hate to break it to you, but the answer is NO!
Because of sin entering the world and our inability to obey God’s standards in Exodus, it is impossible for us to say that we have lived a “good” life.
Are we worthy of representing the gospel?
When Christ came to this earth, being fully man and fully divine, he sacrificed his life on the cross as the payment for our sins and gave us the opportunity to live eternally with him in Heaven if we only believe. God looks at the Christian and chooses to see Christ’s perfect life in us on the day of judgement. It is a free gift, if we only choose to accept it.
This gift of salvation allows us to be worthy to represent the gospel no matter our past or present. Some of us have more colorful pasts than others but we still all struggle with sin. God can still use and our imperfection to glorify him. “God hits straight licks with crooked sticks.”
The meaning of the word “Gospel” literally translates to “Good news”. When we are saved, the good news is planted within us. And this knowledge of what Christ has done on the cross for us IS the good news! It is only natural for us to want to share this good news with all who we encounter.
“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
If we have truly experienced the “Gospel” or “Good news” in our own lives then God has not only given us the credibility, but the command to represent this good news to the world.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Are we worthy of representing the gospel? YES!
For the Christian, salvation and the good news planted in us act as an enabling force to represent the gospel to the world.
It is a comfort for the pastor’s wife to realize that we can not rely on our own goodness to earn our position as a pastor’s help mate. It is only by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and his resurrection that we are worthy of representing the gospel to our church and the community we live in.