1999-11-13 - How Well Do You Care for Your Pastor?
Most of us are pretty quick to recognize the faults and failings of those
who serve the Lord in places of Leadership. A favorite target is the man
who stands in the pulpit, the Pastor. Few of us, however will acknowledge
the responsibilities we have as church members to provide the prayerful support,
appreciation and cooperation that will help our Pastor become the man God
wants him to be. God has made the pastor the pastor. Here are a few points
Do you ever tell the Pastor how much you appreciate his work? Do you thank
him for his faithfulness to the Lord and for his work?
Would you be happy to live on his salary? Could you take care of the needs
of your family on his income and cover the expenses he incurs?
Do you expect him to be superhuman? Are you aware of his tiredness, his emotional
or physical limitations? Do you require of him the kind of dedication you
would not require of yourself?
Do you pray for your Pastor regularly? Do you ask the Lord to protect him
from sin and discouragement? Do you ask the Lord to give him power in his
preaching, along with faithfulness in his visitation and soul winning, and
patience in his dealing with church members?
Do you find ways of being a comfort and blessing to his family? Do you try
to understand the special pressures that come with the living in a "fishbowl"?
Do you allow him some privacy to be with his family so he can have time away
from the burdens of ministry?
Do you serve the Lord faithfully in the work of the church without having
to be coddled, flattered and catered to? Do you do the work God has given
you to do whether the Pastor notices you or not?
Can you allow in your pastor minor idiosyncrasies, without making them into
major flaws every time a crisis develops in the church?
Do you criticize your pastor in front of your children, other church members,
non-believers? Do your point out every error in grammar in his sermons?
When you hear criticism and gossip about the pastor, how do you react? Do
you encourage spiteful talk about him, or do you squelch it and let the Lord
deal with any real problem that may exist?
Do you get your feelings hurt every time the pastor fails to greet you at
the door or visit you when you are sick?
Do you take his time in looooooooong hours of counseling about matters that
you could handle yourself if you really searched out answers in the word
Do you listen to his preaching with an open heart, asking God to make the
message practical in your own life and in the lives of others in the church?
Do you ever ask him if there is anything you can do to make his burden lighter?
Do you live in such a way that your testimony will not be an embarrassment
to him in the community, or a hindrance in his soul-winning effort?
Do you purpose daily to let the word of God change your life and control
Have you asked the Lord to purify you and make you the kind of Christian
that will bear fruit?
I know these are some pointed questions to ask ourselves, yet I think we
would do well to consider in a sane, sound and sober manner, what kind of
blessing the Lord would make us into if we allow Him the just rule and reign
over our lives that He is entitled to have. There are many ways that we can
bless not only our pastors but all those around us, if we will abide in Jesus
and let the Holy Spirit guide us.
In His Service,
Rick & Sandy