Instead of church being a loving and peaceful house, there is always a chance of getting hurt in church. Servants of God are human capable of hurting. When our focus move from God and they become our center, we become vulnerable to offense. The biggest mistake you can ever make is to leave church and stay away from the Word. Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. God and his Word are one. The formula to fight, is in the Word. Satan’s plan is to take away the truth far from you. Jesus, in his physical form also depended on the Word when faced with temptation. Matthew 4:4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
As Christians, we are sometimes too quick to dismiss the view of people outside church. If we are true ambassadors of Christ, our behavior should not conflict with what people think God is about. Not that we must agree with them but, people should see church as a good place for the broken hearted. 1 Timothy 3:6-7 A church leader: People outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.
Many people hate church today because of church leaders conduct and because we are blinded by the love for our pastors we often become defensive.
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.
When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, it was not non-Christians who fought His ministry, it was priest who were trusted with doing the work of God. John 12:9-11 When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus.
When people don’t know what they are called for, they worry about what another Pastor is doing. When you are called, know that there are also people that will come for your special anointing because you are called for a purpose. If you are doing the right thing according to your calling, when people leave for another ministry, it should not concern you but be equally happy about the seed that you have planted. Let another Pastor Water it, it’s all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.
God is Love and our preaching should should inspire unity not division. We are the ambassadors for Christ. Pastors are entrusted with the taking care of the people they are leading, if their purpose is to mislead God will deal with them. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
As a Pastor, talking about another man or woman of God means the flesh has taken position and has changed you from focusing on God to people. It’s better to have 10 people who are genuinely saved than thousand that are destined for hell. When you are truly called, you would be led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit cannot be in a place and be idle. What is the Holy Spirit doing through you? Mark 16:20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.
If you have found it in your heart to bring something before a man or woman of God, there is nothing wrong with your gesture, it is biblical. 1 Samuel 9:6-9 But the servant said, “I’ve just thought of something! There is a man of God who lives here in this town. He is held in high honor by all the people because everything he says comes true. Let’s go find him. Perhaps he can tell us which way to go.” “But we don’t have anything to offer him,” Saul replied. “Even our food is gone, and we don’t have a thing to give him.” “Well,” the servant said, “I have one small silver piece. We can at least offer it to the man of God and see what happens!” (In those days if people wanted a message from God, they would say, “Let’s go and ask the seer,” for prophets used to be called seers.)
Leave people to talk, they also have the choice made not to offer which. The motive of our action is what God is interested in. If the man or woman of God abuses the children God led to to him or her, at the appointed time God will deal him or her. Whether you do something or nothing, remember that people will still talk, it’s in their nature. Critics will always be there. Having sad that, let’s not be ignorant Christians, you cannot be showering your Pastor with gifts when your immediate family is leaving behind poverty line.