In days when authenticity and genuineness are quickly disappearing, they are also character traits that are more readily recognizable because they seem so infrequent.
Failures in ministry and a lax spirit in Christendom regarding the ability of its people to relate and share the faith in tangible ways to a lost and unbelieving culture has led to a great deal of skepticism when it comes to spiritual matters.
Interestingly enough, even people of faith are becoming increasingly aware of those who have a genuine and authentic faith in God versus those who are in the church... for lack of better words, playing church.
However, one never wants to think or believe that this is possible from ministry leadership. Yet we all have our doubts and suspicions, that when you look at ministries, something seems amiss, that can't quite be pinpointed.
That said, for those in ministry whose faith is seemingly unshakable (not that they haven't had insurmountable challenges), for those who love serving others and the body of Christ large, for those who have a heart and passion for people to have a genuine, ongoing encounter with God... these servant-leaders can not be missed. By anyone.
These are the men and women we need in ministry. These are the people we can't afford to burn out. These are the individuals and families we need to continue to serve the church and the local community. These are leaders that must know they are appreciated, supported and needed. And above all, they are covered in prayer; brought before the throne room of heaven, daily.
On this #seniorPastorMonday, pray an increasingly authentic and genuine spirit from those in the pulpit. Pray for the situations and circumstances they face, personally, at home, regarding matters that perhaps only a select few within the church will ever know. Pray, a spiritual hedge against moral and ministerial failures; that healthy relationships and healthy boundaries would come together and remain strong, that they would live and lead above reproach. May God continue to pour out His spirit, anew and afresh on these servants as they faithful give of themselves to the cause of Jesus Christ, relying not on what they can give of themselves, but on what Christ gave of Himself for us all.
Finally, pray for those ministries, that at times, seem suspect, that something is "off". Pray for a spirit of discernment, wisdom, correction and reconciliation come into being, if and when time and place of circumstance demand those elements. May the grace and love of God abound in such circumstances, and God, not willing that any should perish, bring them back into right relationship and proper alignment with Him in due season.
Bless your servants, who lead us closer in our walk of faith with God. We do not live life alone, not one of us. Thank God.
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