Good for you if you are a born again Christian, already planted in a living church and in the care of anointed and devoted pastor or minister. It is great to be planted in a church but it is also important to know how to maximize the anointing and ministry of your pastor in your life.
Some Christians don’t benefit from the anointing or ministry of their pastor or minister because they’ve become too familiar with him (or her). Familiarity breeds contempt and unbelief. When you become too familiar with your pastor chances are that you will come to know his or her shortcomings and if care is not taken it can quickly or gradually degenerate into dislike for your pastor. You cannot dislike your pastor and reverence his anointing at the same time. To benefit from the anointing, it is important to treat with reverence both the anointed person and his anointing. It’s a shame to be sitting weekly under an anointed man of God and not profit from his anointing whereas outsiders who connect with him from a distance are being blessed by the same anointing.
You cannot benefit from the anointing and ministry of your pastor when you keep judging him by his past, background, mistakes or weaknesses. I am not by any means making excuses for pastors’ misdemeanours, weaknesses or excesses nor am I endorsing any form of abuse of power in ministry. No, not at all! The point I’m making is this: having a judgmental attitude towards your pastor is unprofitable for you because it undermines his anointing and ministry in your life. There’s absolutely no gain in having a critical spirit towards your pastor. If you must judge, judge your pastor by his efforts and not his weaknesses.
There’s no wisdom and certainly no benefit in sitting under the ministry of a pastor or minister you don’t believe in. Some Christians go to church week after week sitting under a pastor or minister that’s offensive to them; no wonder they don’t get blessed. Imagine going to church every Sunday and each time you see your pastor or minister preaching on the altar you get angry or annoyed. How does that help you? Sadly, there are many Christians in that bracket.
It is absolutely impossible to have faith in the ministry of a pastor or minister you dislike, resent or begrudge. Make no mistake about it, contempt and unbelief go hand in hand. With that attitude you can’t receive the blessing of God. That was the error of the people of the town where Jesus grew up. Matthew 13:57-58 says, “So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his own country and in his own house.” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”
Imagine Jesus doing many mighty works everywhere else but not in His hometown. He could not do many mighty works there because the attitude of the people was wrong; they had unbelief. Their unbelief blocked them from receiving the power of God. Every prophet (minister) has that same challenge; they have honour everywhere else except in their own country, worse still, in his own house. You see that in the homes of many ministers of God. They are used of God to bless many lives but their own wives and children may receive no touch from his ministrations because, as it were, they have become too familiar with him. Sometimes the wife is not blessed because she knows all her husband’s mess in private. But the people out there do not know or care about that, and are blessed.
Truth is, every pastor or minister you know has a private mess. They are human beings, and make their own mistakes. Those human mistakes may not be known to the public but their wives know them well. Unfortunately that knowledge of the wife could form a blockade in her mind against the ministration of her husband; so she is not blessed by him. To my wife (and I give her credit for that), she has been able to make a difference between me as her husband and me as her pastor. She has even published a book on that, talking about the different levels of relationship a wife should have with her husband. She knows the anointing I carry. She believes in it and respects it. When I speak in my office as her pastor, she knows the authority my word carries. Those who fail to make that difference deny themselves of many blessings from the Lord.
Those at Jesus’ hometown apparently saw Him only as the carpenter’s son not as the Son of God the miracle worker. And those who knew when He was born must have felt indifferent to His ministry because they knew his infancy, childhood and the nuances of growing up. They got too familiar with Him. Don’t get too familiar with the anointing. Those who do so allow their familiarity to eat up their faith. You need to have faith in God and in the ministry of your pastor to enjoy maximum blessing from God.
Anointing is real! Where there’s demand, there’ll be supply! Anointing flows towards the person who values, reverences and places sincere demand on the power of God. The keyword is “hunger”. The power of God flows to people who have genuine hunger for it. Matthew 5:6 says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”. Develop a strong desire for the anointing and God will supply it to you through his anointed vessel.
Every genuine pastor or minister of God is a gift from God. If you have a truly anointed man or woman of God as your pastor or minister, count yourself blessed! Appreciate your pastor. Treat your pastor with honour and the anointing on his or her life will honour you back. Minister to the material and financial needs of your pastor as best as you can and the anointing on his or her life will minister back to you spiritually in your areas of need. Never lift your tongue or finger against your pastor. No matter your grievances, avoid picking a fight with your pastor. Anointing always fights those who fight the anointed and you don’t want such a fight.
Finally, have confidence in your leaders and be responsive to pastoral leadership. Respect spiritual authority and obey your pastor’s instructions. Don’t be a deviant, or a disruptive member of church. Avoid any behaviour that can arouse anger in the heart of your pastor against you. Heed the admonition in Hebrews 13:17 which says, “Obey your (spiritual) leaders and submit to them (recognizing their authority over you), for they are keeping watch over your souls and continually guarding your spiritual welfare as those who will give an account (of their stewardship of you). Let them do this with joy and not with grief and groans, for this would be of no benefit to you” (AMP).
You are blessed!
** I shall soon return with another edition! Until then, let’s keep up the conversation here. I look forward to your views and comments.
Author: Bishop Emma Omon
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Published online on Friday, April 28, 2017 by emmaomonblog.com