“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve.”1 Peter 5:2
Whether you are on your own, are a spouse in a marriage, or are a part of a growing and larger family, you will benefit from the nurture and care of a godly pastor. Solid pastors proclaim the gospel, believe in the authority of Scripture, and model Christ. They are not flawless people, but they are indeed charged to look out for the spiritual growth of their flock. Pastors not only teach us of God’s unbreaking, forever love for His people, but also they expose us to the Bible’s sharp edges that cut through our sin and self- reliance.
Gathering in a church building for a few hours one day of every week is becoming counter- cultural in today’s world. People are more apt to sing the praises of themselves rather than sing actual praises to a God they cannot see. Submitting to the teaching of a good pastor seems to go against a popular humanist philosophy that says, “I will be persuaded by no man.”
As you surrender your life to the Good Shepherd, pray for and care for the pastor- shepherds God has placed you under.
Let the idea of a yearly pastor appreciation time carry over to the days and weeks all year long. Your spiritual leaders reflect the Good Shepherd.