Apostle Paul in guiding Church the appropriate way to conduct our life among others said, “We request of you brothers and sisters, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and given you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). In The Message Translation/Paraphrase of the Bible, Eugene Petersen gives the passage this rendition: “We ask you to honor those leaders who work hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love! Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part.”
This kind of spiritual instruction is much needed for the Church in this generation whereby some members tend to see God-called Pastors’ work and ministry as triviality. Some think all they do is just reading the Bible like anyone does, not a big deal! But thanks be to God that many who have a genuine transformed lives by the conviction of the Holy Spirit know that pastoral call and ministry is a top priority in guiding and shaping our lives in the way of God. Every area of our life is torched and impacted by Godly pastoral leadership, not in preaching teaching and counseling, but also by the quality of their life and authenticity. Pastoral ministry is 24x7 whenever duty calls, and doing it with dignity, integrity and commitment in the name of Christ.
It must be noted that Pastors ought not be put in a position to be begging for money and entitlements of seeking special favor from some influential lay leadership who may regard themselves as king makers. The lay leadership of the Church as well as rank and file must allow the word of God to guide them in relating to their pastor in love, kindness and generosity. Hebrews 13:17 enjoins us: “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” And Paul again said, “The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.” (1 Timothy 5:17)
Dr. Johnson Omoni