HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT that maybe Preachers have forgotten what they ought to be doing when they stand (or sit) before the congregation Sunday morning, or today it may be Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night or some other time? The precious time that a Pastor has to share with the entire church family is very precious time. In fact for many people this is the only time in the entire week that they will have an opportunity to listen to their Pastor and the message that God has asked him to bring to the flock. So what does the Preacher or Pastor do with that time? For many who carry that title or office it is a time of self-promotion, or a time to tell stories, speak of certain personal rights or social issues, raise money or sell products. Is this really what God designed for the Pastor or has charged him to do with this valuable time? The Apostle Paul in writing to his understudy, friend and fellow Pastor Timothy said, “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction,” (2 Timothy 4:1-2 NIV).
It appears to me that many Shepherds/Pastors have never discovered this charge that God has directed to them or have never taken it seriously, or neglect to faithfully follow this key issue in being a Pastor. Jesus is coming soon and people will answer for their life on this earth and the judgment will have eternal results. Faith does come by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and the Pastor is God’s chosen spokesman to stand before the congregation and share the Word of God. He is God’s messenger, not the only one, but certainly one charged with the responsibility to bring forth the Word of Life to spiritually needy and hungry souls. Paul in his charge reminds Pastors that they need to be prepared at all times in life to fulfill their responsibilities of preaching the Word that will reveal God’s life giving plan for all Christians through correction, rebuking, and encouragement. As Paul says this must be done in patience and careful instruction both of which require time to study, meditate on, and pray about God’s message from the Word that needs to be presented to the congregation. If you have a Pastor who fulfills the Charge given him by God then thank God for him and let the Pastor know you appreciate him and his ministry. If your Pastor falls short of fulfilling his charge then pray for him, talk with him, and seek God’s face about the future. I love Pastors and have invested my life in their ministries and I am excited when Pastors open the Word of God and fulfill their Charge given by God. How about you?