This entry is part 26 of 28 in the series Devotionals

I’m a pastor. I am not a superhero. Don’t worship me. Worship God. To lift me up and not Jesus is IDOLATRY (1 John 5:21). The Gospel of Christ is not about my personality or anyone’s personality in the church, for that matter. IT’S ALL ABOUT CHRIST.

I’m a pastor. I do not want God’s glory. He said “all glory goes to Him…” (1 Cor. 10:31) When you lift me up, I can easily fall into pride. Father God hates pride. I am an under-shepherd. I am under Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd. Spread the Good News of the Gospel of Christ, not my name. 

I’m a pastor but I’m also one of the sheep. I am a member of the Body of Christ with a different responsibility from the rest of the sheep. The church is not my church, however. IT’S CHRIST’S CHURCH. The flock is not my flock. IT’S CHRIST’S FLOCK. Only one Person is the Head of the church, Jesus Christ (Col. 1:18). Examine the Scriptures. Down through the ages, churches have DIVIDED because “people” have taken possession of that which ONLY belongs to Christ. The church of Corinth was called “worldly” because of such attitudes (1 Cor. 3:1-11).

I’m a pastor. We must have organization in the church because God’s Word tells us to do ALL things decently and in order (1 Cor. 14:40). I’m called to serve God’s people, not control them. If I try to control, I’ll fall into corruption. Serving brings life to us all and God will get the glory. And yes, I get excited about a large church attendance! But I prefer to build people for Christ, not just gather a crowd. If the crowd is still controlled by a sinful nature and living like people of the world, the crowd is an enemy of God (James 4:4). My goal as a pastor is to make disciples – not fill church seats.

I’m a pastor. I must keep a close watch on my life, too. I also have to watch my character (marriage, mortifying my flesh and putting sin to death, spiritual life); my ministry skills (leading others, preaching and teaching, equipping the saints for the work of the ministry), and teaching sound doctrine from the Word of God. I am also accountable to God. God said that a pastor and any leader or teacher in His church will be given a stricter judgment (James 3:1). He warned us against over-readiness to lead and teach the people of God.

I’m a pastor. I certainly don’t have things all together either. In a perfect world, maybe. But we don’t live in a perfect world. I carry God’s anointing with me, but my anointing concerns ALL THINGS ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION (1 John 2:27). So, don’t make me a superhero. I’m only perfect in Christ Jesus as I am being made holy every day. I can’t solve your problems, but Jesus Christ can.

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