I love my job. Did you know that pastors have a job description? The way we go about it in different churches and different denominations may be different, but our job description is in the Bible. Biblically we are called pastors, shepherds, elders, bishops.
The apostle Paul wrote; Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Eph 4:12-13
I felt called to be a pastor while I was serving God as a counselor. I found as a counselor that reconnecting people to God was the path to healing. Once someone becomes a child of God through Christ, a new life begins. Salvation and forgiveness from our sins starts a new life with a personal relationship with God and freedom from the penalty of sin, which is disconnection from God. Once we have this gift of salvation, what next?
In a letter to the Philippian church Paul writes that we are to live our lives as a new people. We are to “Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.” Phil 2:12 That’s not a fear of condemnation. It is a fear of disappointing the One who loves us so much and gifted us with our new life through the sacrifice of His own Son. We are to show the results. We are to show that becoming a Christian is trading up an old life for a new one. And we are to work it out together and grow together in unity until Jesus comes back. We mature towards Christ likeness as we obey, serve together, and learn together the experiential wisdom of living like and for Christ.
A Christian cannot mature as a Christian without the church. In order to be obedient, there are many things we are to do together as the Body of Christ. It is the job of a pastor to lead by example and teach or equip the members of the body to do God’s work and grow God’s family on earth. Like I said, I love my job. I love to see Christians working through the maturity process.
How connected are you to a church, a local Body of Christ? If you have tried to grow spiritually, but seem to be stuck, how involved are you in living out your salvation as part of Christ’s church? There is no such thing as a maturing “lone ranger” Christian. Your growth as a believer in Christ is stunted without His church.
Are you participating in the equipping of God’s people? Are you serving? Are you worshiping? Are you allowing yourself to be taught through the teaching, studying, and living out of the Word of God?
I can make you a promise. If you jump in with both feet, you will see and feel growth happen. It will be life changing.
And anything I or LCC can do to help you along in your spiritual growth journey, let me know. There is nothing I would love more than to sit down with you and talk about it.