PUT GOD FIRST
As we allow God to become our first priority in life we learn reverence for the Lord to be the Foundation of True Wisdom. The rewards of wisdom come to all who obey Him (Psalm 111:10). I will be your helper, says the Lord, even he who takes up your cause (Isaiah 41:14).
Jeremiah 3:15, "And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." Jesus Christ is the Cheif Shepherd and Pastor. Likewise, a Church pastor is a shepherd. The Greek word poimen occurs seventeen times in the New Testament. Only one time is it translated pastor (Ephesians 4:11). The other sixteen times it is translated as the word "shepherd".
CHARLES SPURGEON HAD A PASTOR'S HEART
Charles Spurgeon went to London when he was only seventeen years of age, and in a few months was pastoring a very large congregation. Within a few years this church (the Metropolitan Tabernacle) was the largest church in England. Spurgeon had a pastors heart.
In Johns gosple Jesus said he was the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep - John 10:11-13.
TRUE STORY -
A large denomination state leadership team came to a church that was in need of a new pastor. The leader of this team asked the church deacons, "How much money do you have to hire a pastor?" When I heard this witness account my heart was so very grieved, as the Bible clearly confirms money is not to be the aim to attract a pastor to a church. God's will confirms which way a pastor's heart is to lean, and go forward.
The mark of a true shepherd with a pastors heart comes only from God. Either you have a pastor's heart or you do not. Jesus Christ sets the example as he died for the sheep as the lamb sacrifice on Calvary's Cross.
I wonder if Charles Spurgeon questioned at the age of 17 how much money the Metropolitan Tabernacle could pay him?
Our spiritual impact on the world in which we live is rewarded in heaven, not on this earth (Matthew 6:19-21). God blesses his faithful to the calling and may offer an abundance to the faithful through the flock. However, many of the faithful, live and die in dire conditions on the Mission fields, living true to God's calling. Pastoring a church is a mission to feed and shepherd God's sheep.
"And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them. If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all" - Mark 9:35.
God does not bless a hireling. Although, Satan will. That is why, in this writers opinion, we have many church's which are filled to capacity, yet are left without the power and conviction of God's Holy Spirit. Some of these church's even refuse to display a cross, the very symbol of God's loving salvation plan (John 3:16-17).
That is why many saved are not living up to God's calling, and his sactification plan. They get saved and go right on sinning. They never experience the convicting power of the Holy Spirit of God. We should live and strive to become more like Christ each and every day. While we are not perfect, we strive daily to repent of our sins.
God is calling an army of true soldiers in these last days. Those who Walk the Talk, not talk the walk.
I pray, send the Holy Spirit rain Father...send the rain of God's Holy Spiritual conviction so we will learn to always place you Lord, first in life! That we may present ourselves as Christians in living sacrifice to your calling (Romans 12:1).
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