In my opinion, there is no such thing as a “self-made” man or woman. Anybody who is considered successful(however you define success) didn’t get that way completely on his or her own. Whether we acknowledge it or not, there were people along the way that helped that successful person get to where they are at today. As far as Christianity goes, I don’t know if I would consider myself a success,(actually, like the song says, “I’ve Got A Long Way To Go To Be Like The Lord) but I can look back and see that I have grown since my salvation experience back in 1979. I really believe a large part of that is due to the pastors that have been a part of my life. Since October has been designated as Pastor Appreciation Month, I wanted to express some appreciation to the three pastors I feel have helped me most in my relationship with God. I will be doing this in my next 3 posts. For now, I close with some Scriptures that deal with the role of a pastor.
Jeremiah 3:15 (AMP) And I will give you [spiritual] shepherds after My own heart [in the final time], who will feed you with knowledge and understanding and judgment.
Ephesians 4:11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. Ephesians 4:12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church),
Hebrews 13:17 Obey your spiritual leaders and submit to them [continually recognizing their authority over you], for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render an account [of their trust]. [Do your part to] let them do this with gladness and not with sighing and groaning, for that would not be profitable to you [either].
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