“And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord…” (Jer. 23:4).
As stated on yesterday, being a pastor is a calling. It is something that the individual is, not what he or she does. There has to be a passion for this calling just like any other. Here are a few reasons for this listed below:
- There will be days wherein there may be no compensation.
- There will be days wherein there will be neither affirmation from peers, nor from those to whom they minister.
- There will be days wherein the pastor may need to deliver an unpopular message.
- There will be days wherein the pastor’s reputation will be criticized in conjunction with those whose lives are not aligned with God’s requirements for the life of a pastor. This is based upon the world’s general perception of the church.
- There will be days when the pastor has to put aside his or her personal situations to minister to others.
- There will be days wherein the pastor will receive an enormous amount of opposition to the vision received from God… and the list goes on…
In the midst of all of this, the true pastor will remain in place because of the passion for the calling and the love of the people being served. But most importantly, the true pastor remains because of the love he or she has for the One Who has called them. So if you have a “true pastor”, take the time to thank God for him or her…and take the time to let them know that you appreciate them…
Church people are not always the easiest group of people to get along with…just something to think about…