The Pastor That God Gives
And I will give you pastors (rulers) according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding – Jeremiah 3:15.
When looking for a pastor, it’s similar to looking for a spouse; you don’t grab the first one because of their looks or because they sound good. You look to see if this is the one God has for you. Is this the one God has placed in my life to equip me for spiritual growth?Sometimes people join a church because their parents or relatives have been members for years; others join the church because of the prestige of the building or pastor rather than checking the fruit of the individual you’re allowing to have spiritual authority over you.
A pastor or leader can be full of the Word of God and has been called by God to minister, but that doesn’t make him or her your pastor. Secondly, everyone who ministers hasn’t been called or ordained by God to minister.
God promised to give His people leaders who would follow Him, filled with wisdom and understanding. We should look for leaders that are allowing God to lead them in order for them to lead us, but if they don’t follow God, they will lead us away from the principles of God.
Leaders must have a prayerful and fasting life to hear from God to direct the people. They, too, can get so busy that they are no longer being effective as spiritual leaders because they aren’t in the presence of God in order to know what the people have need of and not what the people want to hear.
You can tell if a pastor or leader is prayerful by the words they speak as well as their character. When a pastor is prayerful, their teaching and preaching will be anointed with the power to destroy and heal those who hear and listen. Hearing and listening are two different actions.
Anyone can preach a good message, but if the message doesn’t have the approval of God on it, it will be non-effective. When a message is from God to His people, it changes lives; it revives the people’s commitment; it gives them a hunger and thirst for the things of God. It gives them hope; it gives them determination; it heals broken hearts and broken spirits.
Spiritual leaders should be fully aware of their congruents’ and what is needed for their spiritual growth; without this knowledge, how can they minister to the needs of the people? The Fruit and the Gifts of the Spirit should be in manifestation by the spiritual leaders.
The congruent should have access to the Pastor when they are in need, or the Pastor should have other leaders he or she has assigned, and it would be as though you’re in counseling with your leader because the anointing that’s upon the Pastor should be upon the leaders.
Before joining a church or while still remaining in a church, there should be spiritual growth if you’re committed to God and the church; if not, it’s a possibility this is not the pastor God has for you. The Pastor God gives you will feed you knowledge and understanding of God’s Word, and there will be spiritual growth! Then, on the other hand, if you’re not submitted to God, you’re not going to be submitted to the teaching.
If we didn’t need leaders, Jesus never would have appointed leaders as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. This is to assist the believer in spiritual growth (And he gave some apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. For the perfecting [equipping] of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ – Ephesians 4:11-12). Professing Christians need leadership, and pastors should have Bishops leading them.
Pastors need leaders to reside over them, just like the congruents need a pastor. Pastors alone can cause a lot of hardship because they have no one to answer to; they, too, can make mistakes in teaching, and they need someone to correct them.
If a Pastor can’t be led, how can he lead others? So when looking for a pastor, or a church home, check the person out by the Word of God, pray, and ask God to lead you to the church He would have you to be at, be sensitive to His leading. Every believer needs a pastor, and they need one that has been ordained by God and has not ordained themselves.