Pastors are required by the Bible to exercise great patience in dealing with God’s people. Even so, saints of God must view the man of God as a gift from God. They also need to respond with maturity and some understanding of the minister’s humanity.
Robert E. Henson
The purpose of this chapter is not to “protect the turf” of the Pastor. Rather, I want you to discover, or better understand, the blessings that God intended to be yours through the ministry that He has provided for you.
Please carefully consider the following Scriptures with an eye towards the benefits that come through a God-ordained Pastor.
15 “And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,
16 Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
17 Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.”
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,”
11 “He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ,
13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth.
15 Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”
These Scriptures make it obvious that Pastors (and other ministers) are a gift from God to committed disciples. The intent of God is to bless His followers through their Pastor.
How Do You View Your Pastor?
This is a very important question. Do you see your Pastor as a blessing in your life? What about to your family? Do you just tolerate your Pastor? Or, worse yet, do you view your Pastor as an adversary or enemy?
This question, “How do you view your Pastor?” is extremely fundamental. And here’s why: The amount of blessing you will receive from God through your Pastor is in direct proportion to the way you personally view your Pastor.