Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
Let’s talk about the role of a pastor. It is arguably one of the most difficult jobs there is; a job appointed to natural man with supernatural consequences. Pastoral ministry is unique, sacred, challenging and even dangerous ... the very souls of people are at stake. Satan is aware that pastors are the leaders of the flock, so he attacks them frequently, knowing the damage is exponential if they fall.
A pastor is called to live a life of prayer, like Jesus. In doing so, God will use him to spiritually transform the lives of the local body. Jesus called His house a house of prayer; gathering together with the church body should be a sanctuary of prayer and grace. Unfortunately, many pastors today find themselves playing the role of CEO instead of following Jesus’ example of placing the highest priority of His life on spending time alone with the Father (Luke 6:12, Matt. 14:23).
1Timothy 5:17 - “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” Hebrews 13:17 - “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
A pastor’s role as shepherd is about leading people to the throne of grace to experience the presence of God (not to offer programs that turn ministry into a human institution). When a pastor lives a life of connectedness with the heavenly Father, he will lead his flock accordingly. Pastors and all believers should share Jesus’ hunger for the presence of God … our motivation and inspiration to be more and more like Him.
Knowing pastors and their families are under constant spiritual attack, your role as a member of the flock is to continually pray for them. Suggestions for how/what to pray.
Artists: Hillsong United
Writer: Rick Founds