Saturday, June 03, 2006

What is a Pastor to do? (3)

Whether you are a pastor or not, the biblical portrait of a pastor is something every born again follower of Jesus Christ should be extremely concerned with. When your church calls a pastor, what kind of man will you be looking for? Two of the reasons God has given us 1 Timothy is to help churches select pastors and to help men of God see what God has called them to be. In 1 Timothy 3, Paul lists the qualifications for pastors. The tendency is to jump right into the list and overlook a jewel of truth in verse one. Paul says to the man who desires to be an overseer "it is a fine work he desires to do." The word translated "fine" is the Greek word kalos. This word is normally translated "good" but it does not refer to morally good. That would be the word agathos. Of course it is morally good to preach the gospel. Paul is saying more than that. Pastors can't preach only because it is morally good. Kalos carries with it the idea of beautiful. Don't call a man to be your pastor if he doesn't view the preaching of the gospel as a beautiful thing. Romans 10:15 says, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things." I can't emphasize this enough. The beauty in the pastorate is found in preaching the Word of God. Standing in the pulpit and proclaiming God's glorious truth should excite a pastor (and a church) more than anything! Sure, there are other things that are important like counseling, visiting the sick, etc. However, these are not the things that make the pastorate "beautiful." It is a marvelous thing to be an overseer. What makes it beautiful is that pastors are overseeing the flock in the ministry of the Word of God. Pastors, fall in love with preaching the word of God. Churches, fall in love with pastors who have fallen in love with preaching the word of God!

Give some thought to this quote from C.H. Spurgeon:

"Faithful preachers are among God’s best gifts. Cherish them, and be obedient to their admonitions. I have known persons become offended when a minister is “too personal;” but wise men always prize a ministry in proportion as it is personal to themselves. He who never tells me of my faults, nor makes me feel uneasy, is not likely to be the means of good to my soul. What is the use of a dog that never barks?"