Are you there for your pastor?

Your pastor needs you

Pastors are busy people. They prepare sermons and services, do general administration for the church, and then have to keep themselves on fire for God. On top of all this, people inside and outside the church expect pastors to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help out them with their own personal emergencies. "Surely it's part of the job description," we say.

However, it is surely also part of the job description for us, the body of Christ, to be there for the pastor when needed. In Exodus 17:12, we read about how Moses called on the strength of two helpers when faced with the physical challenge of holding a staff above his head; as a result, the Israelites overcame the Amelekites. In contrast, Jesus calls upon his followers to stay awake with him when he was "deeply distressed and troubled" (Mark 14:32–39), but they fall asleep and leave him to face his distress alone.

Where will we be when our pastor needs us?

By: James Ong
Cartoon by: Andrew Bossom, e-mail, website
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