‘[Pastors]…should be considered worthy of respect.’ 1 Timothy 5:17 PHPS
Pastor, Minister, Vicar, Leader―whatever we call them, they can have a tough time. We expect them to be everything in the church. The teacher, the pastor, the evangelist… there’s a lot for them to do. God has called them into this position and has given them the gifts and strength they need to do the job. But they’re human. They’ll get tired. They’ll make mistakes. They won’t always be on top form. Their role may be to support and encourage us in our journeys, but we need to support and encourage them too. Instead of complaining when we don’t get anything from the sermon, let’s pray for the sermon the following week and pray that we would have open hearts to hear from God. It’s not always that the message wasn’t right, it might be our attitude that wasn’t right. When the message makes us feel a little uncomfortable maybe its hitting too close to home. We need to pray about whether God is trying to tell us something here.
Actually the pastor is there to enlighten us, not to entertain us. So it may be time to have another look at our attitude towards church. If you have a real issue with your church leader, talk to them rather than about them. Gossiping and complaining only creates division.
If you have a real issue that you can’t approach your leader about, make sure you find someone trustworthy to confide in rather than talking to lots of people about it. Let’s support, encourage, respect and value our church leaders.
SoulFood: Josh 11–13, Mark 9:38–50 Ps 142, Prov 23:7–9
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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