DOING GOOD TO MEN OF FAITH: MESSAGE TO THE CONGREGATION by Bishop Dr. J. Akin Atere

TOPIC: DOING GOOD TO MEN OF FAITH: MESSAGE TO THE CONGREGATION

Text: GALATIANS 6:10

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

HOW TO SHOW GOODNESS TO OUR ORDAINED MINISTERS

  1. BECOME A PART OF THE Team: Attend church faithfully and show that you’re eager to follow his leadership. This will bless your life and be a tremendous encouragement to your pastor. Look for opportunities to use your gifts and talents for the work of Christ. And become a soul winner.
  2. Be Openly responsible: Nothing excites a spiritual leader like seeing people respond to the preaching and teaching.
  3. Submit to the leadership of your pastor: The Bible places special emphasis on submission to spiritual authorities. The writer of Hebrews says

“Obey those who rule over you, and be  submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.” (Heb. 13:17)

We are also instructed to follow and imitate those spiritual leaders as they follow Christ. Follow the man of God who is following Jesus Christ as set forth in the word of God.

“Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:7)

  1. Treat him with proper respect: Treat him with as much or more respect that you will do to anyone else in authority. A pastor, however, is God’s ordained and to help guide your soul and your family, and needs our love and respect.

“And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labour among you, and are over you n the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake…” (1 Thess 5:12-13)

  1. Pray, Pray and Pray for Your pastor: You know how much opposition that you receive yourself from the world, the flesh , and the devil. Be assured, your pastor received much more than you. Pray for him every day, and ask God to shower your pastor with an abundance of love, hope, joy, faith, peace, power, wisdom, and courage.

As Paul wrote,

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.” (2 Thess 3:1-2)

  1. Commit to Stand with Him through Tough Times: be a real friend. A genuine friend is someone who remains steadfast with you regardless of what may come. He stands with you in the adverse circumstances of life, he does not forsake you when others may abandon you, helps guard you when you are off guard, helps hold you accountable to your values, forgives and encourages you if or when you fail.
  2. Don’t expect your pastor to do everything the same way the pastor did: Trust God to use your spiritual leader to bring about relevant and effective ministry to the  present needs. Don’t stereotype him either with the strengths or short comings of other spiritual leaders you’ve known. Let your pastor be himself.
  3. Support him financially: So he can keep his mind on the work of the ministry. If a man cannot properly care for his family, he will be distracted from the ministry. It costs your pastor just as much to live as it does you, and in some cases much more because of added expenses.

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.  For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.” ( 1 Tim. 5:17-18).

  1. Give Him the Benefit of the Doubt: Support your pastor even when he can’t publicly explain why certain decisions or actions have been made. Oftentimes, to protect the privacy of others, pastors and leaders frequently cannot disclose everything publicly. Professional ethics sometimes demand silence over issues that are very sensitive. If a tough decision takes place, support your pastor and avoid the criticism that usually comes along with such situations.
  2. Knock Off Behind-His-Back Criticism: Ministers, as well as virtually all public authority figures, are often the subject of incessant criticism. If there is a legitimate  matter that concerns the leader, it should be addressed to him personally but criticism behind one’s back certainly doesn’t help them.
  3. Shun Gossip and Bad Mouthing: Do not speak against or listen to gossip or slander about your pastor. If you hear negative comments, respond with a positive one. If misinformation is being spread, correct it with the accurate information. Or, if people are gossiping, just walk away. The Apostle Paul said,

“Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses.” (1 Tim. 5:19).

  1. Look for Opportunity to encourage him: Tell him when he has helped you through his preaching or actions.

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

teaches us to say things that edify. He will be a more effective, dedicated servant of God if you give him some feedback on his ministry to you.

“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” (Prov. 3:27)

  1. Stay Focused on the Big Picture: The big picture is JESUS. Don’t get weighed down by the church politics, nonsense, offences or whatever else goes on, but keep your focus on Jesus and on what the church and the pastor are really all about.

CONCLUSION

Whether knowingly or unknowingly, your pastor has been contributing to both your spiritual and physical progress in life. He has been contributing to your peaceful atmosphere and moral life of your marriage, family, work, etc. He also needs your gifts.

If he settles everything about you and for you in the spiritual realm, them he needs you to settle everything for him (according to your ability) in the physical

(1 Timothy 5:17-18;

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.”

Hebrews 13:7;

“Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”

Ezekiel 44:20-31

“Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.  Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.  Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before.  And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.  And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.  And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.  And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days.  And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord GOD.  And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.  They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs.  And the first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest’s: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house.  The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.”

If you really meditate on this exposition, you would have noticed that giving money is not the only way to show goodness to your pastors, in fact, there are many people who give money but are not at all showing goodness to their pastors because of the motive behind the giving. There are other ways to do good to your pastor as explained above. Let this be your life as from now so that your life may be a testimony to others.