Pastor Appreciation Month: Day #22
October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
Take time today to express to your pastor how much he means to you.
The Man of God and His Ministry (Jude 22)
Jude 22, “And of some have compassion, making a difference.”
The world is full of people that are hurting and many of these folk suppose that nobody cares. Psalm 142:4, “I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.” This man seemed to be in a hopeless and desperate situation. The pastor looks for opportunities to offer help to those that have encountered hurt. Here are five examples:
1. Ministry of Help.
1) Pastor’s Vision. In going about his business the man of God can find opportunity to help people if he opens his eyes. The position of a man of God allows various options to help the hurting. We must be constantly looking to help the hurting.
2) Pastor’s Visitation. The life of many suffering people has been uplifted from the visitation of a minister. The pastor must never allow himself to become calloused or cold in this area of ministry. Your labor in the Lord will not be in vain, therefore, never get weary in your well doing. Your labor for the Lord will be recorded, remembered, and rewarded.
2. Ministry of Healing.
The pastor not only has the opportunity to help people with the Word of God, he can actually help bring about their spiritual, mental, and emotional healing. The man of God has a unique role in the lives of people, which opens up many doors.
3. A Ministry of Hope.
The called man of God can shed hope upon the dark, dreary despair that faces those he encounters in his everyday affairs. The daily affairs of God's man should evolve into opportunities for his ministry. It should be taken as a blessing to offer mercy and grace to those that are hurting.
2. Pastor offers Hope For the Hurting Home.
In a world of mass divorce and monetary doom; the man of God must offer hope to the home. The leaders of our homes need a word of hope. The loved ones of our homes need a well-placed word of hope and encouragement. The home has been abused, abandoned, and seemingly abhorred by society. The man of God must offer hope to the home. The home must have a friend that tenderly breathes a word of hope into the lives of those grasping for anything to help them survive.
4. Ministry of Honor.
In Jude, we find that the writer challenges us to display compassion upon the sinner. In displaying this compassion, we could win him or her to Christ. The difference between heaven and hell could be the man of God doing the right thing concerning a lost soul. It would do us well to consider the people that God places upon our path. It is a ministry of compassion, not mere suggestion.
5. A Ministry of Heaven.
The pastor can make a difference in the lives of many people. The saint may need the words of encouragement concerning Heaven, while the sinner may need to hear the words of the Saviour and His offer of salvation. The pastor has a heavenly ministry in his daily ministrations. The pastor should see the guidance of God as he embraces this ministry of compassion.
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