|HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET (STEPS) OF THEM WHO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE (ROMANS 10:15)
What a fine and special thing; the Call to the Ministry! To think that God calls
someone by name, and gives this responsibility. And as we remember this, we should offer respect and appreciation to a pastor.
Thank him for the messages he brings to us, and if there is something about his or a message that we disagree with, we’re
to take that up with the Lord; not speaking against him to others who might stumble into agreeing with us.
Like the cloud that hovered over the Israelites as they left
Egypt, your pastor is there to lead and protect you from the wiles of that evil one, and this is worthy of our deepest respect.
And this comes to mind: If a pastor is so faithful to be at
every service, what would happen if he was not that dependable. What if we couldn’t be certain that he’d be there
when we walk in. Wouldn’t we soon be following in his footsteps? We’re like that, you know. A congregation
takes on the complexion of its pastor, and for that reason, he has a tremendous responsibility. If we walk in his shoes and
are misled, it’s as the blind leading the blind (Matthew 15:13-14 and Luke 6:39-40), and although we will be held responsible
for not reading the Word for ourselves, but that pastor will be doubly responsible, for both of you missing the mark. As
a PK, I feel for him when so many are missing from a service.
And if there is honor in the work of a pastor, Christ also respects and regards those who help him in the
work. Teaching, greeting us at the door, changing the outside sign, watching the thermostat, adjusting the mikes…all
this makes a service complete. Pray for your pastor and let him know you appreciate his accepting the charge…even
the burden…of the leading of us, God’s sheep. We are all part of one body; the congregation. When you’re
absent, the eye, the ear, the hand…some part of the body is missing. Don’t be that part.
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.