SUNDAY 26TH JANUARY, 2020
WHY YOUR MINISTERS MATTER
TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 7:1-7
KEY VERSE: “And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more” (2 CORINTHIANS 7:7).
One desire of ministers of the gospel is to fulfill God’s expectation, and be a glory to Him. But equally important is their usually unspoken desire to be loved and appreciated by believers under their care. Often, this point is lost on Christians. They expect the utmost care from their pastors at all times, but in the process, become blind to the needs of the servants of God, who then go about feeling seemingly unloved and lonely, even though they are in the midst of a large congregation.
The Apostle Paul, in our text, pleaded with the believers in Corinth to show more concern, understanding and care for him and his fellow ministers. He reminded them of the centrality of cleansing from sin, holiness of life and fear of God. They too, as ministers of God, should be accepted and treated with due consideration. He assured the believers that they were very dear to him and that he never sought to condemn them, even when he rebuked them.
In fact, he boasted of them, and was comforted every time he thought about them or heard about their affairs. He told them he was particularly encouraged and comforted when he heard from Titus about “your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more”.
Ministers of God, pastors of our churches, leaders in our fellowships all deserve our affection. We should care and love them; we should constantly show that we appreciate all their labours over us. We should respect and honour them, and follow the godly precepts they teach and show through their exemplary living. We should pray for them always. These will serve as tonic for them to serve God more and attend to our spiritual needs better.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Remember them which have the rule over you…”
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 33-36