Pastor Appreciation Month: Day #20
October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
Take time today to express to your pastor how much he means to you.
The Work of the Pastor (II Timothy 2:15).
The call of the pastor is clearly to teach and preach the Word of God with power to glorify God and build up the saints. II Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
There must be concentration: We must study the Word of God and focus on it clearly in our life. There must be more than a casual reading as we need to be focused. It takes time to study scripture and we cannot be lazy about this important ministry. We must put distractions out of heart and mind so we may accurately study the truth of God's Word. Acts 8:4, Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. You cannot preach the Word of God if you do not know what it says.
There must consecration: We must be dedicated to God or we cannot rightly divide or understand the Word of God. John 7:17, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” The message is more than the words spoken it must be meshed in the life. Ezra 7:10, “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” People will count our words as pennies and our actions as dollars. Whether in the home, church, business or government, leadership must be consecrated. Proverbs 29:21, “He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.” We should want those who follow us to be like family.
There must be corroboration: The Word of God must be taken in context. We need to compare Scripture with Scripture and make sure we are properly interpreting what it says. You cannot twist the Scripture or you will destroy your life and those you influence. II Peter 3:16, “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
There must be communication: The pastor must teach the people the Word of God. The content makes the message, not the delivery. But the better we communicate, the better people listen. If we cannot hold people's attention, we cannot change their life. There must be passion and conviction in your teaching. If you do not believe what you say, no one else will either. We must teach with authority and power. Mark 1:22. “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.” The pastor must major on preaching at all times. II Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
The Wisdom of the Pastor (James 3:15-17).
They see the value of heavenly wisdom and living their life with eternal priorities. James 3:15-17, “This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. (16) For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. (17) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” They want their life, home and ministry to be built on the Word of God.
The Wealth of the Pastor (Proverbs 1:5).
They see the need to grow in their Christian life and never stop learning. Proverbs 1:5, “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” No one learns more about the subject than the teacher. They put far more time in the preparation of the lesson than they have to give it. There life is enriched by what they teach because they embrace it in their heart.
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