The Coworkers Podcast

Fighting Entitlement with Pastor Michael Cloer

Episode Summary

What are you expecting from God as you serve Him? How do you respond when He doesn't reward you as expected? Listen in as Pastor Michael Cloer challenges missionaries to fight feelings of entitlement on the mission field, preaching from Matthew 20:1-16.

Episode Notes

  1. Don't ever try to bargain with God, or you'll end up cheating yourself. 
  2. Don't try to keep your own books and remind God what you've done; He knows.
  3. Don't focus on the other laborers in the field. Don't fuss with them; forgive them. 
  4. Don't measure your success by how much you do; measure it by why you do it. (Do you do what you do because you've got to do it, or because you get to do it?)
  5. God rewards faithfulness, not seniority. There's no moving up in the Kingdom of God.
  6. It pays to serve Jesus. He is the reward. (Are you working for Him, or for them?)

God has used Pastor Michael to preach the gospel for over fifty years at churches in Arkansas, New York, South and North Carolina. He loves and understands pastors and Great Commission churches. He has personally led two teams each year on international mission trips for the past 37 years. He has been a trustee for 8 years and South Asia Chairman for the past 3 years. In his new role as Mission Strategist for the Cape Fear Network of Baptist Churches, God uses him to assist 70 churches to fulfill the great commission. He and his wife Tebra have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.