“But we request of you, brethren that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the LORD and give you instruction and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work.” I Thessalonians 5:12, 13 (NASB)
We are to respect our pastor and his family for the countless value they are to the church and also to the community.
The flock is to know their pastor well enough to have an intimate appreciation of the many hours and sacrifice’s he makes to pastor and to spiritually nurture each of his sheep. No one but God knows how many hours our pastor studies the WORD and prays for his flock. There are many nights he is awakened in the wee hours of the morning with a heavy burden on his heart to pray and intercede for a church member or a member of the community.
His work in God’s chosen vineyard for him and his family is continually laboring and working sometimes to the point of exhaustion; he is “on call 24/7”. He stands before his flock to lead them in the way of righteousness, and instructing them in the truths of God’s WORD.
The pastor’s calling is from the Throne Room of God, and there is no backing out if the going gets tough. That is why the prayer warriors of each church are to hold their pastor and his family on their priority list of prayer. Satan is always out to try to make a pastor slip and fall, because the world is always watching and looking for something to use against the church. Please never, never let a day go by that you do not pray and intercede for your pastor and his family. Just as Aaron and Hur held up the hands of Moses in a great battle against the enemy, so that a great victory would be won, we must hold our pastor’s hands up through prayer and fasting. He cannot do it alone but must have all his sheep holding him up to God for strength and guidance.
In addition to knowing our pastor well and to remember to pray for him and his wife and family daily. (Not just an “I lay me down to sleep, oh yeah, Lord remember my pastor, I’m sure he had to do a little something or other today for the church.) But to earnestly, wholeheartedly, shed some Holy Ghost felt tears for the heavy burden he carries for each of his sheep. A true pastor feels responsible for the welfare and well being and the salvation of each one of us.
We are to esteem our pastor highly as a true servant, called by God. Congregations are to think rightly and lovingly of their pastors. Not because of their charm or personality or preciousness, but because of the fact that they work for the Chief Shepherd as His special shepherd to his flock of sheep that God has entrusted to him..
This Pastor Appreciation post is dedicated to my Pastor, Dr. Thomas Batts and his wife Lynda, and their son Todd, who are Pastor’s of Welcome Assembly of God Church in Dellwood, FL (just down the road from Two Egg, FL.)
We are having Pastor Appreciation Day service this Sunday, September 22, with a lunch after the am service. If you live close please come and share the lovely service and the lunch after, come and bring lots of your favorite foods to share.
Love and Blessings Gloria (one of my Pastor’s fat happy sheep)