STRICTLY FOR THE YOUNG MINISTER:
For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. 1 Timothy 5:18.Sometime ago, in the city of Enugu, a young Pastor visited me. While we talked, he told me how the people he pastors are so stingy towards him and nonchalant towards the welfare of the church.
He went on and on on how he had been in the city for years without the people he pastors appreciating him. He was finding it very difficult to pay his rent and handle other basic needs.When he was done, I asked him, “Is there anyone in that church you pastor that called you into ministry?” He said no. I asked him again, “What has been your major contribution to the growth of the people you pastor?” He said he did not understand what I meant.I said to him, “How many times have you gone on a three day straight fast without food just to pray for the success of the businesses and career of the people you pastor?” He asked me in shock, “is that part of my job schedule?” I said “yes!”
There’s a connection between the mindset of the pastor and the welfare of the pastored. When you think the people rather than God are responsible for your welfare, you disconnect God from using other sources and this in turn opens the door for financial struggles for those you pastor except for those who are well rooted in covenant understanding and practices.
Paul said, in 2 Corinthians 6:10
…as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.Your thought pattern creates an energy field around the church that influences the behavior and becoming of the people you pastor.I said to him, “If God confirms that you labour well for this people in word, prayer and goodwill and they refuse to return to appreciate you, He will bypass them to pay you from other sources you least expect”.
After the session with him that day, he left and applied what he was told. Few months later he returned to me with a good prophet offering. In his words, he said to me, “Pastor, this thing dey work o!”Now listen!
Answering a pastor, ‘daddy’ and the likes is not a title but a responsibility.
Kill every entitlement mentality. No one owes you anything if you have not laboured well over their lives.
The scripture above said, “The labourer is worthy of his reward”The questions are:
Are you labouring?
How are you labouring?
Why are you labouring?
For whom are you labouring?To be continued next week!