And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 NKJV
I’ve spent the last two weeks around pastors. It’s always a privilege to be able to encourage and help these people who have given so much to help others. One of the things that has become obvious to me is that many pastors don’t have a pastor, someone who can speak into their lives in times of stress. This leaves many of them carrying burdens alone, making decisions alone, and seeing things only through their own eyes. For many the weight is overwhelming. We are not designed to do this Christian life alone. That includes pastors.
As we head to church this Sunday, let’s be mindful of the necessity to have spiritual leaders who can give us insight in times of pressure. I need more than a Bible lesson, I need a Word from the Lord for my situation. I need someone who cares for my soul and is aware that he will have to give account to the Lord. If you don’t have a pastor, start this week looking for someone you trust, who you know cares for you. Look for someone who has a pastor. I am cautious about submitting myself to someone who is not themselves submitted. Don’t try to do it alone.