His thought flashed through my mind. I immediately put a call through to him. He was in another part of the country. The response I got was not too surprising; “Pastor, you called at the right time. I just got a test result at the clinic now confirming I had so and so.” With all audacity, I prayed for him; “you are healed in Jesus name!” Few days later, he was cleared of that ailment.
Friend, Church is spiritual. Pastoring is supernatural. Some people joke with pastoral ministry because it looks more practical than other ministry gifts. Being practical does not mean it is not supernatural. It takes a supernatural pastoral ministry to deliver men from evil and release them into their destiny (1 Samuel 17:34-35, John 1:47-50).
God does not just give you a seat in Church, He gives you a spot in the pastor’s heart. This is the mystery and beauty of Church life. You are not just a face in the crowd, you are a significant part of the pastor’s shepherding grace. A genuine pastor is not carried away by numbers, he is concerned about members. He takes interest in each person just like the shepherd with the lost sheep; he noticed the absence. He was not carried away by the crowd of 99 other sheep (Luke 15:4-7).
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine” (John 10:14). Let your pastor know you. There is knowing by revelation and there is knowing by information; both are important. Share thoughts with your pastor. Greet him after service. Move close, stop playing hide and seek. It is easier for God to speak to a pastor about a sheep who maintains contact with the pastor.
Be a sheep in the sheepfold, not someone who only comes to graze (Jeremiah 3:15, Psalms 68:6). Even in a big Church, connect with the senior pastor through the associate pastor assigned to you. Don’t use the size of the Church as an excuse for not establishing a close pastoral relationship. Beware of wolves in sheep clothing. Beware of cantankerous Church members (Ezekiel 34:17-23). You are either following the shepherd or being drawn away by wolves (Acts 20:28-30).
“And he said to him, Did not my heart go with you…” (2 Kings 5:26). The pastor has a vantage position from which he administers supernatural pastoring. He also knows things by his spiritual jurisdiction. If you are a correct sheep in the sheepfold, you would not lack guidance, safety and provisions (Psalms 23:1-6). You have a seat in your pastor’s heart, stay there, grow there and fulfil destiny.
© ‘Demola Awoyele
Destiny Impact Church