Purposeful Pastors

by APC on October 07, 2015

And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding (Jeremiah 3:15, KJV).

The month of October is earmarked as a time of the year to celebrate and recognize the ministry, clergy, spiritual leaders, etc.—however we choose to define them—that are present in our life.

God knew once He created man, he would eventually need a spiritual leader in his life. Scripture notes in Ephesians 4:11–12 God “…gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” (KJV).

The word edifying in the Greek (oikodomé) is the act of spiritual building, advancement, and edification. God placed pastors in our life to challenge us in our walk with the Lord. Pastors fulfill the role of edifying the church by helping us draw closer to God, live righteously and in alignment with the Word, hear God’s voice, be a good steward of our God-given gifts (spiritual or financial), and be a blessing to others—the list goes on and on!

The pastors God has placed in our lives are good examples of how we should live our daily lives. A pastor’s life is more about servanthood than anything else. They serve God, but they also serve the church and the individual Saints in more ways that we realize. Our pastors are constantly at the church monitoring the inter-workings of the institution, overseeing administrative tasks, cleaning the floors, changing lightbulbs, counseling Saints, preparing for services, and supporting events. There is not enough time or space to list all that a pastor does for the Saints, church, and kingdom of God!

Pastors sacrifice much of their time, energy, and talent giving their all to the work of God. They work to enable many benefits of living for God we all take for granted! Our pastors spend many days and nights in prayer and fasting. Through their spiritual efforts they lay the groundwork for our own spiritual development and experiences. Our pastors put their finances on the line to support the building many of us call our church. Our pastors address their family’s needs second to be available to the Saint’s beckoning—all hours of the day and night!

Pastors know they have been given the charge to feed and support the church. They meet this requirement by teaching and preaching the Word to feed our knowledge and understanding. Pastors pray, counsel, text/email a good word, or offer a smile to fed the church emotionally. And, pastors also offer up finances to help the Saints financially (in and outside of church). Finally, pastors make hospital visits, pray over people when they’re sick, and are present at the church does well to feed the church physically!

We are all blessed beyond measure for the pastoral leadership God has placed in our lives. They are truly a gift every day that we live for God. Let us thank God for the many blessings we experience through the work of our pastors, and for our pastor himself! Let’s take time in the month of October to appreciate the pastor in our life and pray that God continues to bless him pressed down, shaken together, and running over.