1 Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly-not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.
God knows our abilities, our weaknesses and our strength. Matthew 25:15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.
Don’t compare yourself with others, we are not the same.
There are those who are called and those who went. Most of the confusions on the pulpit is that people lead for their selfish gains not worrying about the flock or the Word.
2 Timothy 2:19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The LORD knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil.” Though we have turned against the old ministries, one thing you can credit them for is that people never left those churches. Today we move from church to church and don’t find a place we can stay and fellowship and call it home. This lead to a question, is the problem the servants of God or as congregants, we also don’t know what we want? God calls a servant of God for things that He want to achieve not what and how we think the servant of God must run the ministry. Ephesians 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
As a man or woman of God, People put their trust in you. There are things that they can’t share with anyone but you. Be a person who people can trust with their issues. 2 Kings 4:25-27 As she approached the man of God at Mount Carmel, Elisha saw her in the distance. He said to Gehazi, “Look, the woman from Shunem is coming. Run out to meet her and ask her, ‘Is everything all right with you, your husband, and your child?'” “Yes,” the woman told Gehazi, “everything is fine.” But when she came to the man of God at the mountain, she fell to the ground before him and caught hold of his feet. Gehazi began to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone. She is deeply troubled, but the LORD has not told me what it is.”
The Shunammite woman told Gehazi, everything is fine but when she got to Elisha, she told him about the death of her son. Even as you choose leaders, there things people will be only be free to talk to you about.
Move away from faithless people, those who say it’s impossible. Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
I always wonder why there is so much controversy on the pulpit when we are using same book. God reveals necessary information for us to keep going but because people want to be better than others, they manufacture new information for their benefit. 1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
People will elevate you and when you are up there, they will leave you to fall. Acts 14:11-15 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, “These men are gods in human form!” They decided that Barnabas was the Greek god Zeus and that Paul was Hermes, since he was the chief speaker. Now the temple of Zeus was located just outside the town. So the priest of the temple and the crowd brought bulls and wreaths of flowers to the town gates, and they prepared to offer sacrifices to the apostles. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening, they tore their clothing in dismay and ran out among the people, shouting, “Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings-just like you! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.
The love that congregants have for their pastors, sometimes move beyond respect and become a worship. As a Pastor always be in touch with people who follow you. It’s very easy for people to be hurt by those working close with you in the name of securing you or shielding you from crowd and attention.
Don’t be one who goes with the wind because of ignorance. Acts 17:30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.
1 Peter 4:3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles-when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.