Be A Pastor - CAC The Living Water - Sun 3 September 2017

3 years 2 months ago #5102 by gospelnaija
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - BE A PASTOR
Read: John 21:15-21

He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep."

(John 21:16)
If you are reading this and you are not a pastor by ministerial title, you might want to believe this is not meant for your consumption. Many who are pastors today may not have opted to be so, had they been allowed to choose. The pastor, as a shepherd, tends the sheep, caring for them in all ramifications. He knows his sheep and his sheep recognise him (John 10:14). Their protection remains his paramount concern. Jesus is the Chief, and the only good Shepherd (John 10:11).
Meanwhile, the Holy Ghost wants you to know, whether you are a pastor by title or not, that He has made you a pastor over some sheep around you. Christianity as planned by Christ from inception, is not expected to be a mere religion, but a perfect way of life, to be passed from generation to generation. The mature, fully grown Christian should pastor upcoming Christians, and must take the work with all seriousness (John 10:12).
If Christianity in our time will not go into extinction, it is high time you and I began to pastor others. When last did you pay a visit to that casual church goer in your neighbourhood? Do you send encouraging and faith-lifting messages to those upcoming Christian leaders? Do you help when there is a distress call from helpless and hapless believers? Do we have Spirit-filled couples, like Aquila and Priscilla, who can discover Apollos of our time (Acts18:24-26)? Are there prayers seriously set aside for backsliders in our churches? Do you watch and just stand aloof when fellow Christians are being brutalised, embarrassed and harassed by agents of devil?
These and many other areas are why you must rise today and pastor somebody. Peter was charged by Jesus, to feed His sheep. How many sheep of God can be credited to your pastoring? Remember some people pastored and still pastor you. Don't fail in this task, and God will assist you as you take the step of faith today and always. Stay lifted.
1. Oh Lord, endow me with the grace to rise for the development of others.
2. Oh God, give me strength to be sacrificially involved in the discipleship of others.
3. Pray that God should revive the spirit of Christian discipleship/mentorship in our churches.
Jesus is coming very soon. Be prepared to reign with Him.

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