Pain. This problem, can make even the most faithful Christian fall back, doubt, disbelieve, and lead them to hatred, or the loathing of God. The fact of God being actively involved with His creation, and specifically the believer’s life, can elude the believer, in times of trial, and pain. It is in those times that other Christians, must “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24), because knowing that God is active in His creation, cares deeply for you, created you, loves you, guides you, places protection around you for days of calamity, and died for you is enough to drive away pain, in the realization of an eternal hope.
I believe that God has put a call on my life to be a pastor one day. I do not take this calling lightly, or else to neglect this gift He has given me, and regress or fall away. In light of this calling, I am forced to face the importance of this doctrine and the realization that this doctrine must be known among Christians, that God is personal, actively involved, and totally invested in the lives of His children. “The God, who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands…” (Acts 17:24). God did not merely make mankind and leave, as a deist may teach, but rather, His Spirit dwells within the believer, who was not made with human hands but the very hands of God. “By Him all things were created…in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17), the very fact that the molecules, and cells that make us our bodies, are held together by God, indicates the most intricate of detail, the most precise of execution, and the most meticulous of care on His part, for our good.
Within this role of pastor, they are called to ward off the wolves that might devour the church (the sheep), they are to be watchmen and warn of the sword that is to come (Ezekiel 33). There is a real day coming in which all will be judged, therefore it is the duty of the pastor to tell of this, and scream, “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2), and following this, when ears hear and eyes see, is the realization that God is, and always has been actively pursuing you; pursuing your heart to become part of the family. He “takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezekiel 33:11), and therefore receive a spirit of adoption. Adoption implies that you have been chosen, not because of your own merit, or looks, or record, etc. but because it was simply the good pleasure of them to have adopted you, and so it is with God. When He adopts us, there is simply one command that leads to a love and understanding of all the other ordinances of God, “follow me”.
The church must realize that God is nearer than they may ever even realize. From the beginning, God has been with us, even as He walked in the garden of Eden, He came to be near to the creation that He so delighted in; as man, we hid from Him, and in so doing, have been ever since, denying the sin and rebellion within our hearts. Within pastoral interaction, it is paramount to stress grace, and from there, grace for what reason. The reason is sin. “Love is basically an attribute as expressed in an act that emanates from God, its source. When God loves, it reflects His whole being…God expressed His love to us by giving us His Son. Only those who are strong can love, because they must reach outside themselves to others. God who is the source of all strength is also the source of all love”.
A pastor ought to fully embrace the call that the Lord has placed on his life, to teach, preach, and explain all biblical doctrines to the church. 1 Timothy 4:14, “do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery”. A pastor is continually urging, and encouraging, the saints to be like minded, and be in good biblical practice, because Jesus “gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds” (Titus 1:14). The Lords intimate interaction within the lives of man and especially the church, causes the pastor to continually point people in the direction of the cross. They continually bring remembrance to the fact that God made us clean by the pouring out of His own Son’s blood, to make us His very own possession. There is no closer relationship than the one between Himself and us, and no greater love than to give your life for a friend(John 15:13).
We truly “do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin”, and he did this strictly, to bring glory to the Father, and because of His closeness to us, and love for us. Within a church, is the strangest dynamic – I believe – known to man; we have an imperfect man, teaching imperfect people, about an all perfect God. In any other situation that would not be possible, but with God all things are possible, and the Holy Spirit gives us self-control, peace, and joy, within the body, led by the under shepherd, known as the pastor, teaching of the close relationship that God desires to have with each one of us.
Grace and Peace