When we assumed our first pastoral assignment in Lagos that year, a young man also came to Church for the first time that day. According to him; “The moment I heard you speak that day, I knew this is my pastor.” He remained a committed follower all through our pastoring that Church. He understood the burden of a pastor.
Friend, the pastoral ministry is an integral part of the operations of God on the earth. This is why one of the greatest gifts that God can give you, aside salvation, is the gift of a pastor (Jeremiah 3:15). When God gives you a pastor, He has solved most of your problems in life. Your responsibility now is to know how to relate correctly with such pastor.
“Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers…” (Acts 13:1). Everybody needs a Church and everybody needs a pastor. You cannot outgrow these two kingdom provisions. You are either a pastor functionally or under a pastor somewhere. It is not first about status but about kingdom structure. You must not allow your gifts, status or age to rob you of the blessings of Church and pastoring.
Whereas, there are more positional pastors than called pastors today, we need to realize that pastoring is a calling. It is a grace. It comes with a special burden that can only be caught than taught. There is a way that God wires a pastor. He carries the sheep in his heart (Luke 15:4-6). He can locate them in the spirit and provide timely counsels and covering. This is why it is a misnomer for someone to pastor without a burden.
Perhaps, the least recognized and celebrated member of the five fold ministry offices is a pastor. Yet, he is the most important. You may not always need a prophet, an apostle, an evangelist or a teacher. But you will always need a pastor. He is the primary channel through which God reaches the sheep (Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-5). He stays with the sheep and guides them into their destiny in God (Psalms 23:1-6).
“And I will give you pastors according to my heart…” (Jeremiah 3:15). You need to pray for the gift of a pastor. Don’t confuse having many preachers with having a God-ordained pastor (1 Corinthians 4:15). Just like having many canteens in town cannot replace having a home where you are rightly and strategically fed. You can have the right pastor but have a wrong posture around him. Your posture around your pastor must be that of honour and obedience (Hebrews 13:7, 17).
© ‘Demola Awoyele
Destiny Impact Church