The Pastor Teacher

I’ve been doing some research concerning the ministry.  It seems that the “profession” of ministry has been viewed at numerous different angles.  However you want to look at it, the ministry is tough work.  Harder than anything else I have ever done.  It takes physical, mental, and emotional stamina.  It takes an understanding of multiple professions.  It takes a lot.  Anything the Lord has commanded someone to do should be taken seriously.  I take the ministry very seriously, we all need to.

Check out what went on in Pastor Paul’s heart.  See if you can hear what he wants and works for regarding people. (p.s. do yourself a favor and actually read the verses.  Don’t just pass over it like you know what it says.  Read the passage, embrace it, understand the meaning of the text.)

  • For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument. For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.” (Colossians 2:1-5)
  • I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:3-11)

Paul had a passion for people.  His desire as a Pastor was to see people embrace a relationship like he had with Christ. To my fellow workers in the Lord, we are a rare breed.  Stay focused on what Christ has you to do.  Run the race that God has set, follow his lead, Shepard the people.  Cast vision, disciple, be accountable to each other, love God, and love others.

To the followers of Christ, church people, men and women who love the Lord, a couple thoughts for you.

  • Pray for us (pastors), for we are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to conduct ourselves rightly in every respect. I especially ask you to pray that I may be restored to you very soon.” -Hebrews 13:18-19
  • Remember your leaders (pastors), who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith.” -Hebrews 13:7
  • Obey your leaders (pastors) and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls and will give an account for their work. Let them do this with joy and not with complaints, for this would be no advantage for you.” -Hebrews 13:17

Think about it, act on it.  Do something with the knowledge you have.

-Jordan

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