Tonight, Brother Boyd brought the mid-week message covering the responsibilities of, and payment for, our pastor. Few are called to the position of a pastor, and even fewer are chosen. Ultimately, it is God who calls them to the position.
Sometimes the rewards of pastoral service are few and the sorrows are large. Often the world looks upon this position as one of high esteem.
A pastor is charged with certain areas of responsibilities. First, a pastor has a responsibility to his heavenly Father. There has to be an internal desire to serve as well as a calling from God. “This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.” (1 Tim 3:1) God makes our pastor who he is, and it is God who selects the pastor: “And how shall they preach, except they be sent?” (Rom 10:15)
A pastor also has the responsibility to his family: “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 Tim 5:8) Finally, a pastor has a responsibility to his flock: “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account.” (Heb 13:12)
In addition to these responsibilities, a pastor must have a sound testimony. 1 Timothy 3:2 – 7 details specific principles for this role. In this calling, a pastor must also have talent as well as be apt to teach.
For the pastoral service, God extends both earthly rewards: “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine” (1 Tim 5:17), as well as eternal rewards: “ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” (1 Pet 5:4)
What is a pastor’s service worth? …More than we can pay. We have the responsibility to properly provide food and raiment for a pastor and his family. We have the responsibility to support our pastor. We ought to pay him what we can.
We ought to stand by our pastor.