Being a “church girl”, and hanging around church leaders,
I know for a fact that pastoring a church is HARD.
When God calls a man, he has been called into a twenty-four hours,
seven days a week’s job. His life revolves around the “Job”, his calling.
He starts living to ensure that his flock gets the word of God garnished with counsel and encouragement for their day to day life.
The calling follows him everywhere!
Just like a celebrity or a public figure, a Pastor and his family live under public scrutiny. He lives his life trying to be “ perfect” just like everyone expects him to be;
a picture perfect family and a life free from mistakes.
I can understand why the public would expect a higher standard of behavior but to think that a pastor isn’t prone to err is a fallacy.
It is ONLY God that is infallible. That’s why God made it possible for EVERYONE to have access to the presence of God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our relationship with God is an individualistic One. Each of us is responsible for our own spiritual growth and salvation.
Our Pastors devote a lot of time in studying God’s word and praying.
Hence, they build an awesome relationship with God.
Note that this relationship isn’t exclusively for Pastors …
It is Open to each and every one of us if ONLY we commit to studying God’s word and praying.
We aren’t to stop building a relationship with God because we have a pastor who has built that awesome relationship. We are to seek God for ourselves so that as Christians we get to that point where we sharpen ourselves – Proverbs 27:17
Sitting and waiting for our pastor to hear from God and report back to us without having any relationship with God can be very detrimental to us and our pastor alike.
For us, we fail to build the much needed friendship with our Maker.
Hence, we struggle to navigate our lives to fulfill our purpose.
We may begin to see our Pastors as our oracles without whom we cannot reach God.
This kind of idolatry may in turn lead to pride.
A pastor can begin to see himself as being Unique and closer to God than anyone else.
Not because of His anointing but by his works.
Hence demanding to be accorded honour.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that Pastors shouldn’t be honoured. NO!
The Bible even tells us in :
1 Tim 5:17 (AMP) Let the elders who perform the duties of their office well be
considered doubly worthy of honor [and of adequate financial support],
especially those who labor faithfully in preaching and teaching.
I am saying that we shouldn’t become “yes men” so much so that pride wrecks the man who God has sent to be our shepherd.