Number One – Avoid sexual immorality. Number Two – Love one another. Number Three – Lead a quiet life. Number 4 – Honor your ministers.
Paul commands the church, “Now we ask you to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other” (1 Thess. 5:12-13). This is an instruction to honor your ministers.
I say being a pastor is the greatest job in the world. It is a job with eternal significance and an opportunity to invest my life in others and to give guidance in the most important area of people’s lives, their spiritual growth. It can be challenging because sometimes you have to tell people what they don’t want to hear. It can be frustrating when I see people making mistakes that could have been avoided by following the advice of God’s Word that I have shown them. It is very rewarding when I see a life that is improved because of something that I’ve taught them.
In most churches it seems, there are those that love their pastor and others that don’t care for him (none in our church, of course!). For those that don’t like their pastor, here are some instructions I found to help get rid of him.
- Look the pastor straight in the eye while he’s preaching and say “Amen” once in a while and he will preach himself to death.
- Pat him on the back and brag on his good points and he will probably work himself to death.
- Rededicate your life to Christ and ask the preacher for some job to do, preferably some lost person you could win to Christ, and he will die of heart failure.
- Get the church to unite in prayer for the pastor and he will soon become so effective that some larger church will take him off your hands. (1)
Now I know none of my congregation are looking to use this advice for yourselves since I have the greatest congregation in the world, but feel free to pass this along to others who do not care for their pastor. Better yet, teach them this command to “honor their ministers.”
(1) Quoted in You and Your Pastor, Radio Bible Class, J. Reed, The Pastor as a Theologian, in Walvoord: A Tribute, Donald Campbell, ed., Moody, 1982, p. 273.