Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bless Good Shepherds

Do you not realize how rare good ministers are? How rare it is to have a good church in your city, sure "every" church says they are centered on the word, seeking the glory of God and so on. It must be stated clearly that the great majority of the men in pulpits or seeking pulpits today are not called of God: they aren't qualified by biblical standards, they don't labor in the word and in prayer, they don't have a desire for the glory of God and a love for people.
Oh how in need we are of men who can preach, who burn with passion for God, who are burdened for the souls of men, and who leave you filled with a longing to go hard for God!
What a burden these ministers carry, the theologically sound minister carries a lot of burdens: for one he's a target for pride-filled eggheads that want to trap godly men in their words. In their God given STUBBORNNESS to give people what they need over what they want even though many will take that as being uncaring. The tough and biblical carrying out of church discipline (including any form of counselling) that isn't filled with pyscho-babel will often be viewed as a power hungry cult leader. The burden of seeing people not grow when they've poured hours over a single sermon (not looking up cool sayings, or video clips, or just a powerpoint) but chewing over the text, begging God for insight and passion! The burden of fighting harder to be blameless before the people and before their family. The fear of losing balance with devotion, ministry, and family.
Wives please encourage those men, don't grow bitter by listening to the lies of Satan as he appeals to your selfishness, but come to your husband as a soldier needing bandaging and rest from a life of war. Take more to the Lord then you do to him, and listen for the right times to bring up things.
Church pray for those men, pray for their endurance, pray for them to have boldness, encourage them by your attendance, by your growth. It's not really an encouragement to hear 'good sermon' if they know it's not producing fruit or especially if you can't tell them why you said it was good (some compliments are annoying--flattery--like a woman that thinks it's encouragement to tell a mother who just had a child how thin she looks).

Heb 13:17Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

1 Tim 5:17The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages." 19Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.

Bless these men of God with reverence, praying for God's grace to be given to them, and pray for their families they are under attack. Bless them financially, especially if you know they wouldn't ask for it. Rather than clutter them with gifts, give them gift certificates like to Amazon.com (tons of books or anything).
Also don't take up their time with silly curiosities like 'pastor i know it's 1130pm sat night but did Adam have a belly button?'. Another hint don't bother him on the morning before he preaches with petty complaints 'i noticed normal light bulbs in the nursery, i think the Lord would want us to use the energy saving kind, perhaps you could remind people to take care of the earth' or 'that song really put me to sleep, i hope your sermon is more interesting'
These are some of the things that certainly don't help preaching NOR looking at your WATCH several times when he's preaching! Bless that man who shepherds as one who knows he will give an account to the Good Shepherd.



So true!! It's amazing the difference of passion when sitting under a Godly pastor versus any other kind. :)

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