“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”
Have you ever asked or met someone who sincerely feels like they aren’t really stable in their Christian walk? They struggle with their focuses, contend with their flaws; discouraged for lack of inspiration and/or motivation; seeking to make a headway in their walk with God but it just seems too difficult or too slow? They find it hard to interpret what God, by the Spirit within, tells them because their leader is saying the contrary?
Or is it an issue of misdirection and/or the struggle to find a good pastor that can shepherd you well as you walk down this path of faith?
There are many answers to these issues, so I’m not providing an exhaustive one here. Rather, I want to point out respectfully to one point: Who you follow.
You see, both the scriptures and experiences have taught me that the kind of person or thing you follow will determine the destination you arrive at, whether good or bad. For instance, Jesus says that when the blind leads the blind (that’s a blind man following another blind man), they would both end up in a ditch. Now, imagine that the one leading wasn’t blind. You’d agree with me that they would not end up in the ditch. – Matt. 15:14.
Also, take a look at the relationship between father Abraham (the friend of God) and Lot. For as long as Lot (Abraham’s nephew) followed Abraham, the Covenant of blessing upon Abraham also rubbed off on him too. At least, up until he decided to go to ”Hell’s Gate” ( Sodom and Gomorrah).
Genesis 13:5 & 6
“And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.”
IS EVERY PASTOR YOUR PASTOR?
First, allow me to say, not every pastor is ‘your’ pastor. Not every man of God is sent to you. Not every Shepherd can Shepherd you.
“But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.”
Someone may ask, “But, why is it so?”
Well, we all come in different shapes, sizes and characters. The man of God for you is the one ordained and anointed of God with the ability to bear with you no matter what you do or who/what you are; he is the one sent with that special message peculiar to you; the one sent to understand and equip you for a better walk with God according to Ephesians 4:11-13. In this scripture, such special people are called ‘Gifts’. God gives them to us for to perfect, complete and better us.
I believe that even the minister of the gospel can get a thing or two from this post.
So before you pick offenses and start hating your minister, first check and understand, so that you don’t allow bitterness set in and knock you out of the body of Christ. Don’t forget you have an adversary who doesn’t care whether you’re sincere or not. He just wants an opportunity where he can pounce and devour. 1 Peter 5:8
When you KNOW and FIND your own pastor, nothing can take you away nor sway you. You’ll find it more easier to carry out this Christian walk and this thing called service in the Kingdom. And the anointing upon his/her can bless you.
In this short post, I will show you some important guidelines from God’s word that will help you know:
– How to know the man of God to follow for your life and destiny’s fulfillment.
– How to know the man of God worth following for discipleship in the midst of a world filled with wolves in sheep clothing looking for innocent souls to devour and mislead.
So, let’s go!
THE GOOD 7 GUIDING POINTS
1. HE FOLLOWS CHRIST IN THE WORD, IN PRAYERS AND IN THE WORK.
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
1 Corinthians 4 (KJV)
Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
1 Corinthians 11:1
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Acts 6:2 & 4
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
2. HE HAS AN UNQUESTIONABLE CONDUCT – IN LIVING AS HE IS IN TALKING
1 Timothy 6:11 & 14
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Timothy 2:24
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
3. YOU FIND AN ATTRACTION/PULL WITHIN YOU TOWARDS HIM AND HIS KIND OF MINISTRY, WHICH, MOST OFTEN, YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN.
Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
1 Samuel 18:1
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
1 Samuel 22:2
And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him (David); and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
4. HE HAS A TRACK RECORD OF GOOD REPORT AND LOYAL FOLLOWERSHIP IN HIS OWN TIMELINE TOO.
2 Kings 3:11 & 12
But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
5. HE IS INTERESTED IN YOUR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, THEREFORE, COMMITS HIMSELF TO PATIENTLY TEACH YOU JUST THE WAY JESUS DID THE TWELVE.
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
6. HE DOESN’T MAKE YOU AFRAID: AFRAID OF GOD OR HIMSELF, AFRAID TO BE YOURSELF AND GROW, AFRAID TO ACCEPT YOUR GIFTS/ABILITIES AND (OR) USE THEM TO SERVE THE LORD
And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.
7. HE DOESN’T REMIND YOU OF YOUR PAST, YOUR MISTAKES/FLAWS AND YOUR DISADVANTAGE. RATHER, HE SHOWS YOU YOUR NEW IDENTITY, CORRECTS YOU IN LOVE AND MOTIVATES YOU TO BE THE BEST IN LIFE EVEN WHEN NO ONE SEES OR UNDERSTANDS IT.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
So, with the help of the Holy Spirit of God within you who is also our ultimate Guide, you can be guided to see these things so that you can settle in your local fellowship to which we all must belong and grow there very well, bearing fruits to God’s glory.
To Him alone be glory and dominion, world without end, amen.