“I will give you pastors according to mine Heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding,” Jeremiah 3:15.
Can we fully understand the work of a leader? Is every leader appointed by God to serve this generation?
1 Corinthians 12:28-30 reads: “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostle, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?”
“And God Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, and the edifying of the body of Christ,” Ephesians 4:11-13.
In a unique way everyone who follows Christ is a disciple, and part of the apostolic (leadership) community. Pastors are the ‘sent ones’ of the Lord. Pastors are in Christ and partakers of His anointing. They are to go into the world and change the world for the glory of God and furtherance of His Kingdom. “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,” 2 Corinthians 1:21.
The anointing is upon us, and we are to be a people who will follow great leaders and fulfill God’s will. It is sheep that begat sheep, but it is pastors who see after the flock. The New Testament richly describes the remarkable lives and activities of a pastor-led church that enables the believer to draw near to God and operate in His power. Let’s look at the remarkable accomplishments of a pastor that is given to the church by God.
One of the most amazing qualities of a pastor/leader in the church is having people of one accord. Despite their varying racial, economic, and cultural differences, they remain virtually anonymous in everything they did for ministry. They did not allow their differences to divide them, which is a harmony that cannot be achieved by selfish people. Only those who have good leadership enter the relationship with others and build generations that will increase growth and unity in the church.
The church radiates an enthusiastic happiness and passion for what God is doing in its midst. The people are glad and full of vibrant joy as they receive the word, life and eat together and preach the good news.
When God’s Spirit comes upon His people, the fruit of joy is evident. As the Spirit is poured out upon us in these last days, we must become vibrant in all that we do for Him.
Consider the ability of the church to take care of the needy. We must have the attitude of kindness for the community and one another. What are an unselfish people?
It is being willed to share what is yours with those who lack; free from the kind of selfishness that keeps you focused only on yourself; and a virtue of love to do what is needed to exemplify Christ in the Earth.
Acts 2:47 says: “They were praising God, and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” When the church remains positive, God will grant unto her an overflow of abundance. People will run to be a part of a positive move of God where there is praise, and joyful optimism (confidence).
When there is good pastoral leadership, the church is full of the dynamic life of the Holy Spirit. The believers are to depend upon their spiritual leader to be filled with God’s Spirit and teach others how to do the same. Spiritual visitation will come to a people that truly understand and experience a great move of God through the Holy Spirit that will rest upon the house and have all to flow as one. With this Spirit, there is boldness, progress, and the favor of God.
When the people gather together in ministry under the leadership of the Lord’s pastor, the Holy Spirit of God will speak and change this present generation.
The very power that raised Jesus from the dead is still available to pastors today—making it possible for us to use our abilities and gifts for the glory of the Father and the furtherance of His Kingdom. What leadership are you under?
(Monterey D. Lee, Sr. is the pastor of the Celebration Christian Center, Inc., located at 1215 9th Ave N Nashville, Tenn. 37208. For more information, visit their website at www.celebrationchristian.)