Pastors, ministers and Christian leaders are one of the most misunderstood and criticized people. It is rightly so because of their peculiar, unique and special assignments they are on earth to carry out. Satan hates pastors because of this assignment and he does all that he can to put them in bad light so that gullible people will hate them and build an emotional block against them. This way they can’t be blessed by pastors any more. It’s a well calculated grand trick.
Pastors are gifts from God to men on earth. They are heavens’ gift to men on earth. If we do not rise to defend and protect the interest and image of pastors the devil will have an open field to wield stones at them to quiet and take them out of the scene. The devil is busy trying to push pastors out of the field of life so that he can replace them with his men to lure and to deceive. We must not fall to this trap. We must arise to speak and defend the church and her God given, God ordained leaders. Today I will share with you how we can do this.
Why Should we Celebrate Pastors
When I say pastor I mean the clergy – your Rev Father, your Bishop etc
- They are God’s gifts to us.
- The Holy Bible says so (1Tim.5:17).
- Jesus was celebrated.
- It strengthens them to do more.
- It’s the least we can do for them.
- He shouldn’t do it himself.
How can we celebrate them
It’s not that pastors crave for any special treatment. But as wise followers who are appreciative of what their leader has done and he is doing for them nothing is too big to give or do for them in a show of gratitude and appreciation.
- Honor them. See Luke 19:35-36 (NLT)
So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him.
You see what the people did in honor to their man of God? They showed to the world that they were proud of him and are proud to associate with him. This was the best way they could express their love and admiration to their leader. They gave him what we will call today a red carpet presidential treatment. Think of ways to give them pleasant surprises. Send them SMS to appreciate their teachings that blessed you. Show them honor in your words and actions. Be a burden bearer.
- Sing their praises. Talk to friends about them. Testify to neighbors about what they’ve done for you. See how the followers of Jesus did it here: Luke 19:37 (NLT)
When they reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.
They people here sang the praise of Jesus. They sang and appreciated God for the things he did through Jesus. Even when the Pharisees got offended with the praise Jesus did stop the people. In other words Jesus was saying what the people are doing is right and they must go ahead. So it’s right to celebrate the good works of your leader.
- Defend them. Speak out for them. Be a voice for them out there. See how Jesus followers did it here: Matt 21:10-11
The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
When people were asking questions the followers of Jesus were there to tell them who he really is. When people are mistaken the true quality, personality and identity of your pastor be there to tell them who he really is. Don’t allow the world paint your leader black. Pastors can sometimes be lonely, stand up for them.
See carefully what happened in Matt 21:9-10 KJV
And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
If you read carefully you will notice that some of the multitudes were before Jesus and some were behind. It means Jesus was in the middle. This is of significance.
The multitudes in front were to go ahead and sing his praises, announce him to the world. They were his publicity men. The once behind were to defend him against those wagging their tongues against him. They kept Jesus in the middle to prevent him from too amuch distraction, so he could minister to their needs well. They were wise followers.
Did you notice that the once in front did a great job? Did you notice that as soon as Jesus landed Jerusalem the whole city was out to see who this great prophet they have been hearing about is. Jesus for once never needed handbills for his crusades but always have the cities and towns emptied into his crusades grounds because his men used mouth bills to bring the people. They were fund of singing the praises of their leader.
This is the least we can do for men whom God has given to teach us, deliver us and cover us spiritually. We cannot really pay them but at the least we can tell them thank you through little things mentioned here and many others not mentioned here. The more comfortable your man of God is the better he can serve you. Make your man of God comfortable.
Kevin Ashwe is a Pastor, teacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is also a man power developer. He has been involved in training the work force of churches and ministries in Nigeria.
He is the husband of Deborah and senior pastor of WORDLife Assembly, Nigeria.
You can reach him through the channels below.