We are certainly in a world of rapid change and discontinuities. A leader must be in front to encourage any necessary change to promote growth. He must show the way to accomplish this growth. We must remember, no change will ever occur if the psychological needs of the leaders and others deemed to follow are not met.
It is so unfair for us to sit back and expect our Pastor, his wife or even their Family to meet our needs.
New International Version (NIV); “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Contemporary English Version (CEV); “Don’t forget about your leaders who taught you God’s message. Remember what kind of lives they lived and try to have faith like theirs. Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
The Message (MSG); “Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.”
We must all remember:
1 Corinthians 13 The Message (MSG); “If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all His mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, ‘Jump,’ and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
In Christ Service