Outside the church, pastors lead a somewhat normal life, just like every other Christian. Some drive endless miles attending school events, while others workout, mow the lawn, or do other yard work. Some pastors attend races, concerts, or professional sports events; they do normal things like you and I. No matter what their preference for pastime fun, they always have one responsibility. That is the responsibility of doing God’s work and being a shepherd. Pastors have to maintain watch over their flock because the enemy is forever lurking around every corner, waiting for his chance to spread darkness. It is the duty of a pastor, or all leaders for that matter, to ensure the health and well-being of their flock. It is their duty to make sure the glory and the power of the word of God are resounding throughout His kingdom.
Questions for further thought:
1. What are some things you are doing to ensure your spiritual wellness?
2. Where are some places you can go for assistance with spiritual guidance? Is a pastor the only person you can turn to, or are there other sources available?
Challenge: We view our pastors and leaders as part of the front line against the enemy, but what other sources can you turn to for guidance? When was the last time you visited the library? Our pastors have given sermons on ways to enhance your spiritual journey through the use of items such as study Bibles, application Bibles, commentaries, and many other theological works. There have been countless study groups offered, as well as other events. Have you taken advantage of the abundance of resources? Your challenge for today is to locate an additional source and expand your guidance beyond that of your pastors. Who knows, maybe you will find out you are being called to be one of God’s shepherds.
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