Key Verse: Verse 18 - “For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.”
Key Words: The labourer is worthy of his reward
Just as pastors are not perfect, neither are the people they pastor. Below are seven “mistakes” that can lead to what I call “pastoral frustration.”
First, an unappreciative attitude…seemingly not appreciating the good gospel music which is both played and sang. When is the last time you complimented those who play the instruments or those who sing the specials?
Secondly, a seeming lack of concern for church needs which can easily be seen through so many individuals’ lack of financial giving. I have often said, “Show me where you spend your money and I will show you what you truly love.”
Thirdly, a lack of proper priorities. So many who say God is first in their lives don’t always show it. It seems that their church attendance is often replaced by the secular events of life.
Fourth, a lack of praying together as a congregation. Each Wednesday we have prayer meeting which only about one out of every three of our members attend and many of those do not stay for prayer time at the end of the service.
Fifth, fault-finding. It is easy to find faults in a church ministry, but they that get me, as the pastor, are those who are good at finding faults in others, never see their own faults. A word of caution: it’s always wiser to remember that when one points out the faults of others, they will begin to try to find your faults (and they will).
Sixth, we sing the songs and hear the preaching, God pricks our hearts but some never make things right, never go to the altar. What a shame!
Seventh, not so much a mistake as a word of love. I feel like the Apostle Paul toward each of our members and even our guests: “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.”
These are not complaints, just some mistakes the congregation can make, not just our congregation but every congregation.
✞ Pastors, don’t be frustrated. Remember, you’re not perfect either.
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