Be good to your pastor!

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

-Hebrews 13:17

Yesterday my church celebrated “Pastor’s Day”—where the pastor is honored for their service and ministry. Before I continue, let me thank Templo Jerusalen for their care and attention in making sure the day was special. My leaders and members put a lot of work into everything that went into it, which I really appreciated.

It’s important to realize that even pastors aren’t perfect. We all have our imperfections and liabilities, and sometimes even the most anointed man of God fails. However, it is in our weakness that God is glorified.

David was a man chosen by God to be the king of Israel. Yet he failed as an adulterer, murderer, and by being prideful in taking a census of the nation (you can read his story in 1 Samuel 16 onward). Moses was a man chosen to lead the nation out of slavery, yet he was a murderer and could not control his temper (the Exodus story can be seen in Exodus – Deuteronomy). Even Peter, one of Jesus’ closest apostles, denied him three times in despair (Mark 14:66-72). In short, even the greatest men of God are susceptible to failure.

When you consider the pastor of your church, don’t judge him based on presupposed criteria of perfection or immunity to trappings of life—instead judge your pastor as a man, who, like yourself, is battling to lead his church in holiness in spite of the fallen world around us. Respect him (or her) for praying even though they are tired from living life as any of us do. Love them for deciding to take on Christian service as their vocation, as truly being a pastor is one of the hardest and misunderstood things that one can do.

In my almost 10 years of pastoral ministry, I have yet to meet a pastor who wants his church, his marriage, his kids, or life to fail. And although I’m sure that they are out there, I’ve personally never met a minister who was purposefully out to dishonor the name of Christ. In my experience, we all pray for the church to prosper as we move closer to pleasing God in everyday life.

Therefore, be good to your pastor. Make their work a joy. They are trying to help you get to heaven!