Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who labor among you and preside over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them most highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 NET
Pastors and ministers sometimes get a bad reputation out there because the actions of a few. The truth is, someone who operates in this role, needs to do it from a perspective of being “called.” Because if they don’t feel “called,” the ministry will do them in.
Why? Because it is hard! It is heart breaking to feel you are pouring into others and then for some small reason, a misunderstanding, a difference of opinion, a concern over a life choice, etc…, a relationship is broken.
Although there are some bad examples of ministers and pastors out there, many, many, ministers truly care for their flock. They pray for them. They think about them. They are willing to sacrifice for them.
Paul understood this. He reminded the Thessalonian Church to acknowledge and esteem their leaders, their true leaders.
In our age, many feel like the pastor gets paid for their work and in exchange, they provide a “service.” Understand that many pastors don’t make that much. In fact, unless they pastor a huge church, finances are always going to be a concern.
Also, ministry shouldn’t be considered a service industry. This is a spiritual role. God is in charge. He can bless and He can take someone out.
Don’t get angry and frustrated with your pastors and church leaders. Instead, gauge what they say against Scripture. It could be that you are convicted and you are taking your feelings out on them for preaching from the Word.
Remember, pastors and church leaders do care. Behind the scenes, they are praying for you and want the very best that God has for you.
Take time to send your pastor a message of thanks. These mean more than you think.
Pray for them. They need it! If the devil can take a minister down, he can damage a whole congregation.
Don’t let others disparage them. Honor them, even when they aren’t around.
Criticize them when what they say doesn’t match up with the Word of God. This means you need to be in the Word of God yourself too!
Be patient and understanding. They are dealing with more than you realize.
Lord, thank You for those who have spoken into my life before. I thank You for their faith and committmemt to You and their calling. Bless them Lord! Strengthen them in Your power.