I really can't express how thankful and grateful I am for my pastor and his wife. I came to my church in 2009. I was lost, yet I knew in my heart my boys and I needed God in our lives. This church opened their arms to us with love and accepted us for who we are just as Jesus does. With their leadership they have helped me find my way.
The following scripture came to my mind when I was thinking of what I wanted to say to them today.
"Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly - not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God." 1 Peter 5:2 NLT
Peter is speaking to the elders here. He is telling them how to lead and I believe my pastor and his wife are true examples of this.
- their authority to lead this church is based on service, not power
- they lead God's flock willingly, not for their own gain, but because they are eager to serve God (I can only imagine how being in ministry is not easy, the demands and putting others needs before your own family)
- they lead by example, not force
I see this in the way my pastor preaches. I love it when he gets so passionate. He speaks and teaches biblical truths. He even says himself, "look it up, it's in the Bible!" There have been so many times when my own questions have been answered during Sunday service and bible study. God knows what His children need and He uses Pastor to speak His truth to the flock He has entrusted to him.
My pastor's wife, a wonderful godly woman who cares for our little ones in the nursery, leads women fellowship meetings and everything she does for the church and her family.
And the both of them in the way they have raised their own children who are now grown adults. It is very encouraging for me. I look to them as examples of how I want to raise my own boys.
They have blessed me and my family in so many ways! I am forever thankful to God for placing them in our lives!
How about you? Have you stopped to tell someone today you are blessed just having them in your life?
Have a blessed day!