We are servants temporarily assigned to do a task by our Master. When our appointed time is up, the Lord will quickly replace us as He sees fit. We run for a few decades in a relay race that started centuries ago and may continue after us for many generations. Be faithful in running your leg of the race, and be ready at any moment to pass on the baton. Realize that your ministry, while significant to those under your care, is miniscule in the grand scheme of God’s plan. In that plan, there are no mega-pastors or mega-churches, only a magnificent Christ, the King whose greatness is beyond our thought.
Joel Beeke, Encouragement for Today’s Ministers