Fear of God Devotional: A Cancer in the Ministry Today
What does being a pastor or elder involve? Why should an individual be motivated to become an elder or pastor?
Craig Houston explains in this video that the office of a pastor or elder is a call to live a separated life, a call to live a life that is set apart to the Lord. It is a call to live an exemplary life.
1 Timothy 4 tells us that the work of God in our life and the example that you as a pastor are setting to others is something that is going to be evident in your life. This is not because you put on a special garment, but because you put on Christ. Christ is evident in you.
There is a call to elders and pastors to set an example with your life and doctrine. You are to demonstrate a Christ-likeness or holiness. There is a sobriety that is required for those in the ministry. Being in the ministry is not a job, but a calling. It is not a 9-5 job, but rather a call that requires you giving your life to serve and follow God.
Jeremiah 3:15 (NKJV) – “And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”